Theology and Economics (e-Book)

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Notwithstanding the great historical differences between the 16th and 21st century the theology of Calvin turns out to be of surprising relevance today. The context of Calvin’s theology is compared to the present one, thus finding the common denominator of both worlds needed for demonstrating Calvin’s relevance today.

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SUBTITLE: The hermeneutical case of Calvin today

FORMAT: Electronic book in the ePub format

PAGES: 181

SUMMARY: Notwithstanding the great historical differences between the 16th and 21st century the theology of Calvin turns out to be of surprising relevance today. The context of Calvin’s theology is compared to the present one, thus finding the common denominator of both worlds needed for demonstrating Calvin’s relevance today. Theology and economics sets out a hermeneutical approach to Calvin’s faith based method of interpretation of economic reality. Calvin hails private property and fair contracts, but in themselves they do not constitute a well-composed economy – as they do not necessarily include the poor.

Lastly the author outlines some theological implications for the 21st century. Economic trade according to Calvin is intercommunication among people, not only Christian people. Theology and economics concludes with suggestions made for new ways of theological reflection on the basis of Calvin’s consequent social humanism grounded in the confession of Christ’s sovereignty over the world.

CONTENT

Introduction

The trivial conception of Calvin’s “guilt” of capitalism

The hermeneutical problem of reading Calvin five centuries later

Calvin on Christian faith and human society

Calvin on economics
Nature
Wealth
Equality
Property
Distribution
The poor
Work
Occupation
Income
Trade
Economic order
The state

Science and technology

Interest: the case for economic hermeneutics

Calvinism, Neo-Calvinism and the end of the first modernity

The technical society and the second modernity

Theology and economics
No shortcut
Economic theory is self-satisfied too
Daily life experience and the (assumedly autonomous) theory
An economist also believes
The human heart
Reality excluded by reason
Positive versus normative economics
Pastoral analysis
Intensifying economic method
Respect of the research object

Calvinian perspective in the 21st century

Some further theological conclusions

Literature

References

AUTHORS

Dr. Roelf Haan is a native of The Netherlands and has his Ph.D. in economic sciences. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance in The Hague and he was also the technical assistant to the Dutch member of the Executive Board of the IMF in Washington D.C. After this, he became a Professor of Economics at the Free University in Amsterdam. Haan has written extensively on the issue of economics and many of his books have been translated into other languages. Well-known is his book The Economics of Honor: Biblical Reflections on Money and Property. Currently, Haan is Chairman of the Board of Solidaridad (Dutch ecumenical development organization for fair trade and a sustainable society), and Chairman of the Board of the Dom Hélder Câmara Chair, Free University, Amsterdam.