Religion and the Market

14 February 2007 at 1:36 pm 2 comments

| Cliff Grammich | 

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has announced its 2006 Templeton Enterprise Award winners.  The awards are “presented annually to scholars under forty who have produced the very best books and articles in the field of humane economics and culture over the past two years.” Many of the honored works, e.g., Thomas Woods’ The Church and the Market, provide an interesting reconciliation of (Catholic) Church teaching with free market economics, drawing inferences one won’t typically see in staff work of the bishops’ conferences. 

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  • 1. Kenneth R. Gregg  |  14 February 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Woods certainly deserves the prize. I’ve read his works and I think he deserves credit for his accommplishments. “The Church and The Market” and “The Church Confronts Modernity” are excellent additions to the modern literature on the free market and its relationship to the Catholic Church. While, of course, there are issues which he does not address in the books, the issues that he does cover are well done.
    Just a thought.
    Just Ken

  • 2. Cliff Grammich  |  14 February 2007 at 7:27 pm

    One thing for which I’ll credit the bishops (or their staff) is the range–one might even say the catholic (lower-case ‘c’) nature–of their interests. This was brought home to me in a rather poignant way to me by a review I saw quite some time ago of an even older publication by a Church organization (apologies for the vagaries of my memory here) on black farm-land loss. The reviewer savaged the publication, adding it was a pity that it wasn’t any good, because nobody else at that time was examining the issue.

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