Chapter 8. Economics

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. James Hudnut-Beumler Dean

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch8

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Hudnut-Beumler, J. (2010) Economics, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Vanderbilt University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • economics;
  • religion in United States, economic entity and special part of independent, or not-for-profit organizations;
  • necessity and shift in intellectual conceptions - about thesocial workings of contemporary world;
  • market revolution of understanding religion, from secular movement related to triumph of economics;
  • religion, in terms of markets - belief in explanatory power of markets;
  • markets and memberships - microeconomics, with focus on firm in competition with other entities;
  • market as moral hazard - Thomas Frank, protesting the extremes to which market capitalism will go;
  • economic aspects of American religion, past and present - engaging scholars recently


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Market Analysis

  • Historical Studies after The Market Revolution

  • Markets and Memberships

  • The Market as Moral Hazard

  • Beyond the Question of Market

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography