August 11, 2011 §
Subsidizing Religious Participation through Groups: A Model of the “Megachurch” Strategy for Growth either despite or because of their non-traditional approach, megachurches have grown significantly in the United States since 1980. This paper models religious participation as an imperfect public good which, absent intervention, yields suboptimal participation by members from the church’s perspective. Megachurches address this problem by employing secular based group activities to subsidize religious participation in an effort to increase attendees’ religious investment.
Exorcisms are about Economics (Richard Beck) biblical writers consistently conflate the spiritual and the political/economic when they speak of “the principalities and powers.
Moral Emotions and Partnership Actual behavior is influenced in important ways by moral emotions, for instance guilt or shame.
An Essay on Smith, Confucius and the Rise of China This paper raises the question how far Chinese perspectives can affect certain foundational principles in economics, such as the assumptions on individualism and self-interest allegedly originating in Adam Smith.
‘Christian Economics’ Meets the Antiunion Movement (New York Times) Mr. Gary North is the leading proponent of “Christian economics,” which applies biblical principles to economic issues and the free market. Mr. North is associated with his own brand of far-right Presbyterianism, gun-owners’ rights, home-schooling and the gold standard for money.
August 10, 2011 §
Kingdom Economics and Orphans The Apostle Paul said that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). He’s right. But he also could have added that the lack of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Economics and planting What would happen to church planting in the U.S. if no tax credits were given to members for contributions?
Economics and Morality (Paul Krugman) … Still, Schoeneberg is right about the tendency to ascribe moral value to market values, and the need for a counter-narrative.
Economic Theorists on Social Entrepreneurship The interaction of individuals, possessing different knowledge and different views, is what constitutes the life of thought. The growth of reason is a social process based on the existence of such differences. . . . [I]ts results cannot be predicted . . . . [W]e cannot know which views will assist this growth and which will not.
Pope John Paul II’s Theology of The Business? explore Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, connecting its ideas to Business Relationships.
Identity Economics: How our identities shape our work, wages, and well-being (Book Review) Why do we behave the way we do? This book offers a middle ground by allowing an individual’s objective to depend on their perceived social role – their identity.
August 9, 2011 §
Economics (Pt. 1) (RC Sproul) What can we do to get out of our current economic crisis? Is there a simple, God-ordained way for us to get out of this recession?
Economics (Pt. 2) (RC Sproul) Learn what Scripture has to say about economic principles, especially as they relate to us as stewards of God’s creation.
Larry Witham on the Economics of Religion talks about his recent book Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion and explains a new and growing field within the social scientific study of religion that is often referred to as the “religious economies” perspective.
Joseph Daniels on Religion and Trust Does religion and religious practice enhance trust of others?
Club models of organization and religious free-riding Mike McBride (UC Irvine, Economics) was recently featured in a podcast on club models of organization and religious free-riding.
Reading, Writing, and Religion: Institutions and Human Capital Formation In this paper, we empirically test the role that religious and political institutions play in the accumulation of human capital.