Christian Thinking in Economics

These pages are to do with rethinking economics from a Christian perspective. We began our considerations with a deep feeling that the current economic system, based on GDP with growth as an unquestioned norm, is deeply harmful and even against Biblical Principles, but have journeyed far beyond that, to explore a number of recent thinkers, and identify where they are good but also lacking.

We began by discussing the 2020 Reith Lectures by Mark Carney, but then Dasgupta's The Economics of Biodiversity came out, and it emerged that the UN System of National Accounts (GDP) is being rethought. We also discussed Marianna Mazzucato's The Value of Everything and Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics. Each of these is critiqued from a Christian perspective, with a little philosophy sprinkled in.

Towards a Christian Rethinking of Economics - dynamic draft, based on main findings of the Reith Lectures Discussions.

Discussion of 2020 Reith Lectures by Mark Carney (Nine discussions so far, and continuing)

Response to UN-SNA concerning Multinational Enterprises (pdf)

Thoughts on Mariana Mazzucato's The Value of Everything

Affirming, Critiquing and Enriching Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review - A Summary of its Messages, Appreciative Critique.

JRI blog "The Economics of Biodiversity: An Opportunity for Christian Thinking"

Rethinking Economy in the Light of Covid-19 - (submitted to the Heywood Foundation). (pdf)

Understanding Non-Essentials in the Economy

See also:

What Is Economics? Here we take it to be what we call:

The economic aspect of human functioning

our production, conservation and consumption,
and the repercussions of all these

along with:

their tools, techniques and technologies,

their concepts (like value) and calculations,

their symbols (like currency) and its language,

their institutions (like households, banks, businesses and commons),

their regulations, rules and responsibilities,

the attitudes that attend them,

and the beliefs, commitments, motivations, and what is taken for granted (assumptions, presuppositions)

The meaning of all these will be explained in the pages and links above

Created: 3 February 2021 Last updated: 18 February 2021 economics of biodiversity. 25 February 2021 intro, JRI, link to Home. 23 March 2021 Heywood. 5 April 2021 non.essentials. 13 April 2021 what is economics. 17 April 2021 added commons. 21 May 2021 explan. econ.biodiv. 17 June 2021 Fuller intro text. 25 June 2021 reith.findings, mazzucato. 2 July 2021 rename reith.findings to xn.rethink. 3 August 2021 MNEs-cmts-RLFG210803.pdf. 9 September 2021 rldg-ws236 link. 8 October 2021 doughnut.