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- DescriptionThis startlingly original (and sure to be controversial) account of the evolution of Christianity shows that the ecomics of religion has little to do with counting the money in the collection basket and much to do with understanding the background of today's religious and political divisions. Since religion is a set of organized beliefs, and a church is an organized body of worshippers, it's natural to use a science that seeks to explain the behavior of organizations -- ecomics -- to understand the development of organized religion. The Marketplace of Christianity applies the tools of ecomic theory to illuminate the emergence of Protestantism in the sixteenth century and to examine contemporary religion-influenced issues, including evolution and gay marriage. The Protestant Reformation, the authors argue, can be seen as a successful penetration of a religious market dominated by a mopoly firm -- the Catholic Church. The Ninety-five Theses nailed to the church door in Wittenberg by Martin Luther raised the level of competition within Christianity to a breaking point. The Counter-Reformation, the Catholic reaction, continued the competitive process, which came to include product differentiation in the form of doctrinal and organizational invation. Ecomic theory shows us how Christianity evolved to satisfy the changing demands of consumers--worshippers. The authors of The Marketplace of Christianity avoid value judgments about religion. They take preferences for religion as given and analyze its observable effects on society and the individual. They provide the reader with clear and ntechnical background information on ecomics and the ecomics of religion before focusing on the Reformation and its aftermath. Their analysis of contemporary hot-button issues -- science vs. religion, liberal vs. conservative, clerical celibacy, women and gay clergy, gay marriage -- offers a vivid illustration of the potential of ecomic analysis to contribute to our understanding of religion.
- Author BiographyRobert D. Tollison is Professor of Economics and BB&T Senior Fellow at Clemson University. Ekelund, Tollison, and Hebert are coauthors of Sacred Trust: The Medieval Church as an Economic Firm.
- Author(s)Robert B. Ekelund,Robert D. Tollison,Robert F. Hebert
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication10/11/2006
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note8 illus.
- Weight658 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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