Marketplace of the Gods How Economics Explains Religion

ISBN-10: 0195394755

ISBN-13: 9780195394757

Edition: 2010

Authors: Larry Witham
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Description: In Marketplace of the Gods, award-winning journalist Larry Witham tells the inside story of the ground-breaking--and controversial--"economic approach" to religion, a story rich with history, contemporary thought, and the colorful people who are using economic ideas to solve the puzzles of our religious beliefs and behaviors. Written with an investigative flare and a lively writing style, this fascinating book presents a wide-ranging account of how the economic approach to religion can be applied to different faiths, activities, and times in history. Drawing upon cutting edge ideas from the behavioral sciences, and a deep knowledge of religious history, this new approach reveals how the choices individuals make regarding religion can shape households, groups, movements, and the entire "religious economies" of nations. For many, this new economic approach seems an uncomfortable mixture of sacred and profane, turning our good angels into grubby consumers. But as Witham concludes, the economic approach to religion has insights for everyone, believers and skeptics, offering an exciting exchange of ideas between economics, sociology, psychology, history, and theology.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/27/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

LARRY WITHAM is a veteran journalist and is the author of twelve books, including Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America and Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion.

Acknowledgements
Preface
The Economic Approach
Rational People and Religion
Life in the Household
The Gods of Risk
Why Religions Form
History of an Idea
Marketplace of the Gods
Debating Secularism
How Religion Shapes Economics
The Merits of Mammon
Glossary
Notes
Index
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