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date: 30 May 2020

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The sad and lonely profile of late twentieth-century Christian scholarship in economics has enjoyed a refreshing makeover in the past two decades. Encouraging new research on the overlapping interface of faith and discipline has attained critical mass and fruitful momentum. This interface includes contributions under the umbrella term “economics of religion,” and somewhat-less-often cited contributions to “positional” and conflict economics, and to institutional mechanism design in law and economics. Beyond interface lies scholarly “integration of faith and discipline” that alters and cross-leavens the foundational frames for analysis in both economics and careful Christian thinking about divine and human nature and society. Such integrative scholarship is still in its infancy. But some of it—in the ethical underpinnings of national economic growth and flourishing, and in the economics of identity and social identification—is attracting noteworthy scholarly attention, as measured by the citation counts used recurrently in this survey.

Keywords: interdisciplinary, economics, theology, religion, Christianity, interface, integration, Christian scholarship

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