Faithonomics: Religion and the Free Market

Hardcover | September 28, 2016

byTorkel Brekke

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Faithonomics uses economic theory to provide a new and unorthodox view of religion in today's world. Drawing on state-of-the-art research and on case studies from around the globe, this book shows that religion should be analysed as a market similar to markets for other goods and services,like bottled water or haircuts. Faithonomics is about today's religious markets, but in sweeping detours through the histories of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, Brekke shows us the religious markets of the past, although these were sometimes heavily regulated by states. He argues that government "control" overreligious markets is often the cause of unforeseen and negative consequences. Many of today's problems related to religion, like religious terrorism or rent-seeking by religious political parties, are easier to understand if we think like economists. Religious markets work best when they arerelatively free. Religious organizations should be free to sell their products without unnecessary restrictions, but we have no good reason to grant them privileges in the form of subsidies or tax-breaks.

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Faithonomics uses economic theory to provide a new and unorthodox view of religion in today's world. Drawing on state-of-the-art research and on case studies from around the globe, this book shows that religion should be analysed as a market similar to markets for other goods and services,like bottled water or haircuts. Faithonomics is...

Torkel Brekke is Professor in the History of Religions at the University of Oslo. He has written and edited twelve books and numerous articles, mostly about religion and politics, including Fundamentalism: Prophecy and Protest in an Age of Globalisation (2012).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190627697

ISBN - 13:9780190627690

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