Details for Theology and Economics
This unit deals with the relationship between economics and Christian theology. The place of economics in contemporary culture makes a serious engagement with economics vital for Christian witness.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: THE506
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Theology and Economics is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the issues involved in interdisciplinary scholarship.
- Give an account of the history of the relationship between Christian theology and economics; Bring economic analysis and critical theology to a range of important contemporary issues, demonstrating an understanding of relationship between these two types of analysis.
- Philosophical questions. Interdisciplinary scholarship. Different approaches.
- History. The Scriptures in the oikonomia (Church fathers).
- History. The formation of economics as a discipline in the 18th century, and the separation of economics from theology in the 19th century.
- History. Economics as an autonomous discipline in the 20th century. Christian economics as a counter movement. Comparisons with Islamic economics.
- Issues. The nature of a market economy. Efficiency and equity.
- Issues. International trade and investment.
- Issues. Development. Aid.
- Issues. Environment.
- Issues. Unemployment. Welfare. The Job Network.
- Issues. Usury.
Quiz, essay, exam.
Novak, M. The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, revised edition. Toronto: MadisonBooks, 2000.
Ormerod, N. “A Dialectic Engagement with the Social Sciences in an Ecclesiological Context.” Theological Studies 66 (2005): 815-40.
Oslington, P. (ed.). Economics and Religion. 2 vols. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003.
Oslington, P. “Natural Theology as an Integrative Framework for Economics and Theology.” St Mark's Review 199 (2005): 20-31.
Oslington, P. “A Christian Perspective on the Financial Crisis.” American Economist 53, no. 1 (2009): 28-30.
Ray, D.K. (ed), Theology That Matters: Ecology, Economy and God. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006.
Stackhouse, M.L., D. McCann, and S. J. Roels. On Moral Business. Michigan: Eerdmans, 1995.
Tanner, K. Economies of Grace. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.
Veerkamp, Ton. ‘Neoliberalism and reclaiming a theology of economy,’ International Review of Mission, vol. 97, nos. 386-387 (Jl-O 2008), pp. 198-209
Waterman, A.M.C. (ed.). Political Economy and Christian Theology since the Enlightenment: Essays in Intellectual History. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.