Economics as Religion From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0271022841

ISBN-13: 9780271022840

Edition: 2001

Authors: Robert H. Nelson

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"Nelson provides a huge service to students of religion in his attempts to place economics . . . in conversation with theology."-The Christian Century "Market economics is best understood as a religion. When I first read this claim in a book by Robert Nelson . . . I had doubts. . . . [But] the more one thinks about the function of market economics in modern society, the stronger the case gets for treating it as a religion." -The Financial Times "In his groundbreaking study, Robert Nelson explores the genesis, the prophets, the prophesies, and the tenets of what he sees as a . . . religion of economics that has come into full blossom in latter-day America."-America: The National Catholic Weekly "As a history of modern neoclassical economic theory, [Nelson's book] is exemplary. An exceedingly well-written book."-Journal of Economic Issues "Nelson does not regard 'theology' as a cuss word, and so his detailed study of the theology underlying Samuelsonian and Chicagoan economics is not a put-down. It's a way of seeing the rhetoric of fundamental belief-what has been called vision. Nelson . . . speaks with authority from within the field. . . . His grasp of modern economics is broad and firm. And so in theology, too. It's an important, even an amazing book: Luther meets Smith."-Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago
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List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction: The Market Paradox
The Laws of Economics as the New Word of God
Tenets of Economic Faith
A Secular Great Awakening
Theological Messages of Samuelson's Economics
The Market Mechanism as a Religious Statement
Apostle of Scientific Management
The Gods of Chicago
Frank Knight and Original Sin
Knight Versus Friedman Versus Stigler
Chicago Versus the Ten Commandments
Religion and the New Institutional Economics
A New Economic World
Efficient Religion
Economics as Religion
God Bless the Market
A Crisis of Progress
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