Christianity and the Culture of Economics

Christianity and the Culture of Economics

Christianity and the Culture of Economics

Christianity and the Culture of Economics


Does the market promote its own intrinsic and selfish values, or does it merely reflect the values of society? This question is becoming more important, as current opposition to globalization and the unfettered operation of market forces demonstrates. Instead of debating the issues in abstract terms, this collection offers reports from all areas of the business and policy sectors.

Sharply contrasting accounts emerge from contributors who have been actively involved in business and finance in the United Kingdom, while other authors discuss business models which have a very different set of values from those of most participants in commercial markets. Alternative perspectives are provided by contributors responsible for the design and implementation of public policies with non-market values, and the collection concludes with reflections on the values implicit in modern economic analysis.

Although no simple answers to the question posed emerge, Christianity and the Culture of Economics provides an informed debate on the key issues involved in the discussion of the supposedly conflicting relationship between the market and spiritual values.


This collection of essays forms the third volume published by the University of Wales Press in association with the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture fosters study into a wide range of topics in the area of Christianity and culture, and works in close co-operation with the Principal and Fellows of Regent’s Park College in a range of theological and interdisciplinary studies. This is reflected in the publication so far of volumes entitled Culture and the Nonconformist Tradition, The Novel, Spirituality and Modern Culture, and now Christianity and the Culture of Economics. All began life as public lectures given in the Centre at Regent’s Park College.

It will be evident that the Centre is engaging with a wide range of contemporary cultural issues from a Christian perspective, but none is more significant and pressing than this volume on ‘Christianity and the culture of economics’. It brings together a distinguished group of contributors, with wide-ranging experience and expertise, to offer insights from government, legal, academic and voluntary sectors. Together they make a significant and unique contribution to the wider discussion on the forces of ‘global capitalism’ and the ethics of the market-place.

I am grateful to the editors, Professor Donald A. Hay, Head of the Social Science Division in the University of Oxford, and Dr Alan Kreider, my predecessor as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, for their work in arranging the original series of lectures (given in Michaelmas Term 1999) and in preparing this volume for publication; and to the . . .

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