The Economy and Religion: Two Worlds? Catholic Thoughts on the Spirit of Capitalism

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Abstract

Economy and morality, or rather, capitalism and its ‘religious-ethical despisers’: two worlds and never the twain shall meet? On the contrary: the economic domain is not and has never been without morals and beliefs. Historically, Catholicism has contributed to the spirit of contemporary capitalism. But modern Catholic social thought has gradually developed a vision that suggests a conversion of the present global system. I will argue that it is necessary to continue the dialogue, not only because economists and faith traditions can critically contribute to each other, but also because this fosters the self-understanding of both faith traditions and economists.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationmoralmarkets.org
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020

Keywords

  • critiquing / reinventing capitalism, historical perspective, religious perspectives

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