What we do

The researchers – theologians, philosophers, economists and business administrators – who participate in EETI will perform research:

  1. Into the influence of ideas and concepts:
    • From theology that have been influential in economic history or economic thinking. For instance, the metaphor of the invisible hand, which could guide a free market to a positive outcome.
    • Which are considered fundamental or important in economics, of which theologians presume that their understanding can be enhanced by insights from the sources of theology.
  2. Into the way in which:
    • Theology and convictions have been influenced by economic and social developments. Economic systems like feudalism, communism or capitalism do not merely reflect the They also influenced and shaped the theological discourse and the thought about God. To what extent can economic insights help to understand and deepen the language of the Bible and the theological tradition (patristic literature, medieval literature and Protestantism)?
    • Economics can help to elucidate the notions with roots in the past agricultural society, being the time wherein the Bible and other holy books originate, connecting those notions with present economics, with its changed economic relationships (and therefore unalike metaphors).

The researchers who participate in EETI will contribute to teaching the courses:

  1. The minor ‘markets, morality and views of human nature’
  2. The electives:
    • ‘The order of life and the recognition of human imperfection as the road to insight into goodness, truth and beauty. Augustine and the relationship between reason, faith, love and the good life’
    • ‘The order of life and the recognition of human imperfection in the thought of Luther and Calvin’
  3. Executive education, for instance in addition to ESAA programs on topics such as ‘integrity’ and ‘truth’, and in ESAA’s leadership course on property, power and views of human nature.
  4. On relational economics, as an element of the double degree bachelor in economics and philosophy.

 

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