Economic Theology

Economic Theology : Credit and Faith II

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In Economic Theology, Goodchild offers a philosophical analysis of the contemporary economy in terms of the way it structures credit and faith. The Great Financial Crisis of 2007 and onwards has exposed the extent to which the economy functions as a network of credits and debts. Credit and debt may now be understood as the driving force of economic behaviour.

In this analysis, economic theories of markets and money are also ways of ordering trust. Similarly, the institutions of money, finance and banking provide the framework enabling trust and cooperation. Goodchild explores how reliance on such theories and institutions produces disequilibrium dynamics, growing inequalities, increasing enclosure, resource depletion and breakdown. Nevertheless, the failures of the system only intensify efforts to extend the system itself.

Building on and extending Goodchild's Theology of Money, the author exposes the extent to which humanity has become enslaved within theories and institutions of its own making. As the second volume in his Credit and Faith trilogy, Goodchild explains how the economy itself is a way of shaping time and attention, care and evaluation, trust and cooperation, so directly assuming a theological role. This volume extends the theological critique of the dynamics of financial capitalism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 154 x 218 x 17mm | 331g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786614278
  • 9781786614278
  • 2,082,340

Table of contents



Part One: Markets and Money: Dynamics of Thought

1.1 Alchemy: The Creation of Money

1.2 Moral Equilibrium

1.3 Choice

1.4 Money as Moral Measure

1.5 Money as Theology

1.6 Sin

Part Two: Exploitation and Constraint: Dynamics of Conduct

2.1 Appropriation

2.2 Substitution

2.3 Anticipation

2.4 Debt Dynamics and Inequality

2.5 Constraints

Part Three: Finance and Salvation: Dynamics of Faith

3.1 Saving

3.2 Perfect Markets: The Duty of Finance

3.3 Liquidity: The Faith of Finance

3.4 Fictitious Capital: Derivatives

3.5 Fictitious Capital: Clearing

3.6 Fictitious Capital: Deficit Spending

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Review quote

As an economist who now works to make finance available to the poor, I receive Philip's book as a sobering reminder that we in the "social impact" world may have our intentions muddled up. I learn from Philip that it is not about "marketizing" social impact, but rather about directing care and attention to what markets do and striving for beauty rather than efficiency.--Indradeep Ghosh, Executive Director, Dvara Research
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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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