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date: 30 May 2020

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Max Weber was neither a theologian nor an economist. He did not aspire to advocate, refine, or refute the doctrines taught in the Bible, by Augustine, Thomas, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Schleiermacher, any other major Christian thinker. Instead, he is the founder of a mode of social science that sought to account for changes and variations in economic and political attitudes, structures, and behavior in different social contexts and over time. These include religious contexts. Christians have always attended to ethical issues raised by economic life and they have reservoirs of theories about work, exploitation, honesty in dealings, theft, covetousness, gluttony, usury, taxes, charity, wealth and poverty, just wages, fair prices, slavery, hospitality, the blessings of plenty, the need for generosity, etc. How should the discipline of economics take religion, faith-based ethics, and theology into account? In what senses was Weber right, that economics should take theology and faith-based ethics seriously?

Keywords: interdisciplinary, economics, theology, religion, Christianity, Weber, ethics, social context

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