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date: 12 July 2020

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Eastern Orthodox Christianity does not have a specific viewpoint on economics. However, by examining the liturgical, patristic, and modern commentary on economics, we can glean what an Eastern Orthodox theology of economics might look like. In this chapter we will observe what the worship services of the church, the fathers of the church, and some contemporary Orthodox thinkers have said about the economic question. Much of the commentary pertains to the question of wealth and how it is to be utilized, drawing upon the parables and teachings of Jesus Christ. Of great importance, then, is the condition of the impoverished and the responsibility for the wealthy to provide the means by which the poor are cared for. In the end, the economic question in the East pertains to an incarnational ethic of love for the other, especially for the poor.

Keywords: interdisciplinary, economics, theology, religion, Christianity, Eastern Orthodox, Bulgakov

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