Credit and Faith

Credit and Faith

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In line with the development of political theology and economic theology in contemporary European thought, Credit and Faith offers a critical account of the faith structures within economic life and institutions. Goodchild's ground-breaking work provides a philosophical appropriation of the economic dimension of the New Testament and fresh theological, philosophical and economic perspectives on the present.

Covering the theological roots of the way economic life was, and is, articulated, the philosophical roots of value and debt and the economic roots of credit and creation, this book charts the emergence of early theories of capital and banking through a consideration of credit. It draws on some neglected historical figures, as well as Jules Lagneau, Simone Weil, the Kantian problem of freedom and necessity and a critical reading of the early Marx and of Nietzsche's genealogy; through this Goodchild explains how the Financial Revolution was able to conceal the credit economy which was its foundation and foster the pursuit of self-interest instead of the common good.

This innovative interweaving of theology, philosophy and economics constructs a new metaphysical framework for a critical account of the faith structures within economic life and institutions and returns to the practice of philosophy as a way of life - a practical, engaged, worldy discipline.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 16mm | 277g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786614243
  • 9781786614247
  • 941,467

Table of contents

Part One: Gospel and Economy: Theological Roots
1.1 Through the Eye of a Needle
1.2 Economy in the New Testament
1.3 Impertinent Guests
1.4 The Economy of Salvation
1.5 Credit or Grace
Part Two: Value and Debt: Philosophical Roots
2.1 Redemption
2.2 Value
2.3 Necessity and Freedom
2.4 Estrangement
2.5 Fidelity
2.6 Light and Repose
Part Three: Credit and Creation: Economic Roots
3.1 Credit as Offering: Household Economics
3.2 Credit and Participation: Interest
3.3 Appropriating Credit: Tokens of Value
3.4 A Culture of Credit
3.5 Measure for Measure
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Review quote

Philosophical interventions into economics typically diagnose and isolate a particular problem of injustice or exploitation. Goodchild's work is much more ambitious in aiming to provide an analysis of the main concepts that bind economics and theology and how these concepts have transformed and influenced our understanding. Credit to Goodchild for providing arguments that are convincing, lively, and original! -- Todd Mei, Head of Philosophy, University of Kent, UK
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About Philip Goodchild

Philip Goodchild is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK.
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