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The True Wealth of NationsCatholic Social Thought and Economic Life$
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Daniel Finn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.001.0001

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Capital, Spirit, and Common Wealth

Capital, Spirit, and Common Wealth

(p.289) 11 Capital, Spirit, and Common Wealth
The True Wealth of Nations

Jon P. Gunnemann

Oxford University Press

This chapter contributes to an understanding of “true wealth” by offering a theological (Protestant) interpretation of capital and economic institutions. It offers an argument in three parts: part 1 argues that what economists call “capital” is an abstraction that refers to various complex forms of energy—natural, social, and cultural—organized for specific purposes or ends; and that these same forms of organized energy are referred to by theologians and Christian believers as spirit. Part 2 examines the modern business corporation, the primary institutional form of capital in the modern economy. Part 3 integrates the various parts of the argument with an analysis of financial capital and its tenuous, if not destructive, relationship to spirit, stewardship, and the holiness of life.

Keywords:   true wealth, spirit, capital, organized energy, corporation, common wealth

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