Idols of nations Paperback

Biblical Myth at the Origins of Capitalism

by Christina Petterson, Roland Boer

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Idols of nations

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Roland Boer and Christina Petterson here produce a critical survey showing that the rise of capitalist theory was shaped by the way different economic philosophers - Smith, Hobbes, Grotius, Malthus, Locke - read the Bible. Invoking Jeremiah (14:22) and Adam Smith - who took the title of his Wealth of Nations from Isaiah (61:6, 12) - they show that early theories of capitalism were shaped by particular assumptions that these theorists brought to their readings of the story of Eden in particular. They examine those assumptions and evaluate what has changed in subsequent centuries. Idols of Nations shows that the Bible was central to the theorization and economic thought of these key thinkers as it explores the distinct problems each sought to overcome.

Idols of nations by Christina Petterson; Roland Boer was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in July 2014. The ISBN for Idols of nations is 9781451465440.

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Details for Idols of nations

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (July 2014)
Number of Pages208
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4270172
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