Tag: Economics

Economists vs. F.M. Dostoyevsky
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Public Life

Economists vs. F.M. Dostoyevsky The Role of Christ’s Church in Crime and Punishment

It was Garry S. Becker who, in his seminal 1968 paper, introduced economics to the area of crime and punishment. Academic economists, who disagree among themselves about so many issues, concur about crime and punishment. Out of four main universally accepted motives of punishment (retribution, incapacitation, rehabilitation [i.e., resocialization], and deterrence), economists agree that deterrence…

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Christian Stewardship and Wealth
Ethics

Christian Stewardship and Wealth

When discerning how to approach wealth and commerce, American Orthodox Christians have their work cut out for them. Should we embrace the “Protestant work ethic” of righteous enterprise? Or does the Apostolic witness shun “filthy lucre,” instead favoring a communitarian path? We need more than simplistic answers. The “one thing needful” is Christ Himself, Who…

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Father Sergius Bulgakov: Personhood, Inequality, and Economics
Religion and Politics, Theology

Father Sergius Bulgakov: Personhood, Inequality, and Economics

български | Ελληνικά | ქართული | Русский | Српски In a recent piece in the New York Times, Jamelle Bouie writes: Our society was built on the racial segmentation of personhood. Some people were full humans, guaranteed non-enslavement, secured from expropriation and given the protection of law, and some people – blacks, Natives and other…

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What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change
Public Life

What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change

On September 1, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint statement in commemoration of the ecclesiastical Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. As has become typical, this statement expressed concern for the well-being of the poorest of the poor while simultaneously overlooking the primary means by which their poverty has been…

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Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Orthodox Theology and Economic Morality

While a leader in environmental theology, the Orthodox Tradition lags behind others when it comes to modern social and economic thought. Economic science has been by and large ignored, if not dismissed, in official and unofficial statements, revealing a troubling disregard for the dignity of this science and a troubling willingness to speak about important…

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