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Idols of Nations: Biblical Myth at the Origins of Capitalism

Roland Boer, Christina Petterson

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Title: Idols of Nations: Biblical Myth at the ...

Publisher: Fortress Press

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Roland Boer and Christina Petterson here produce a critical survey showing that the rise of capitalist theory was shaped by the way different economic philosophers - Smith, Hobbes, Grotius, Malthus, Locke - - read the Bible. Num Pages: 208 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: HRCG3. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 228 x 152 x 13. Weight in Grams: 352. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781451465440

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Synopsis: Roland Boer and Christina Petterson here produce a critical survey showing that the rise of capitalist theory was shaped by the way different economic philosophers—Smith, Hobbes, Grotius, Malthus, Locke—read the Bible. Invoking Jeremiah (14:22) and Adam Smith— who took the title of his Wealth of Nations from Isaiah (61:6; 66:12)—they show that early theories of capitalism were shaped by particular assumptions that these theorists brought to their readings of the story of Eden in particular. They examine those assumptions and evaluate what has changed in subsequent centuries. Idols of Nations shows that the Bible was central to the theorization and economic thought of these key thinkers as it explores the distinct problems each sought to overcome.

About the Author: Roland Boer is Xin Ao Professor of Literature at Renmin University of China and Research Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. among many publications, including Marxist Criticism of the Bible (2003) and Rescuing the Bible (2009),his most recent are Lenin, Religion, and Theology (2013) and In the Vale of Tears: On Marxism and Theology V (2014).

Christina Petterson is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the author of Acts of Empire: The Acts of the Apostles and Imperial Ideology (2012) and The Missionary, the Catechist, and the Hunter: Foucault, Protestantism, and Colonialism (in press).

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