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Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion

Larry Witham


Two centuries after Adam Smith began modern economics, the “economics of religion” is applying his insights to religion. This book is an overview of this approach to social science and religious history. By using economics models, a wide variety of puzzles in religion are being solved in new ways. This is also a story of the thinkers and events that gave rise to the economic approach to religion in recent decades. Based on a few simple economic principles, this approach uses sociology, psychology, history, and theology to present a picture of human beings as “rational” actors who are judging c ... More

Keywords: cost-benefit, economics, marketplace, rational choice, religion, risk, secularism, Adam Smith, sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Witham, author