Money, Markets and the Sacred: International Perspectives on Economic Theology

When: Saturday 08 July, 2017 - 09:00 to Monday 10 July, 2017 - 17:00

Where: CBS

It has often been said that economic growth is the last remaining God that is accepted in Western societies. As CBS turns 100, and the Reformation looks back on 500 years of its own history, we will ask: is it really true that capitalism has turned into a secular religion?

Is Luther to blame for all this? How do religions moralize the economy? Do religions other than Christianity lead to other forms of capitalism (Islamic Finance)? And are our economists really neoliberal priests?

To celebrate CBS’ 100th Anniversary, and in order to contribute to broader discussions about the kind of economy we want to live in, the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy is organizing a 3 day workshop on International Perspectives on Economic Theology. Between July 8th and 10th, nearly 40 international scholars will meet at CBS to present their views on matters ranging from the religious undercurrents in the writings of Adam Smith and of various neoclassical economists to the economic views of Martin Luther, of Jewish rabbis and of the Prophet Muhammad. Other papers will investigate how theological conceptual analysis can help us reinterpret core concepts such as organization, risk, governance, leadership, consumer choice, welfare, creativity, work and the corporation. Speakers will include, amongst others, Paul Oslington, Bruno Dyck, Robert Nelson, Lisa Hill, Patrice Buzzanell, Luigino Bruni, Michael Dempsey, M. Kabir Hassan, Jeffrey Mahan, Philip Goodchild, Martijn Konings, Colin Campbell and Mary Hirschfeld.

A full programme and full list of speakers will be uploaded on the conference webpage, links to which will be posted here:

This is an open event, but registration is a prerequisite! Also, conference participants are expected to familiarize themselves with the conference papers, which will be uploaded on the conference webpage during April 2017.