Economic History and Religion

Authored by: John E. Murray

Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415677042
eBook ISBN: 9780203075616
Adobe ISBN: 9781135121211


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The historical study of economics and religion has been approached in two directions. The first uses economic reasoning to understand religious behavior in the past, and the second seeks to understand how religious beliefs influence the performance of economies over time. This chapter incorporates both approaches in order to make sense of both economic and religious history. It first addresses the audacious notion that economic reasoning might inform the study of religion.

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