We think there is room for another journal on the intersection of economics, theology, and religion: the Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion (JETR). It is an online, open access and peer-reviewed journal, which is published by EETI.
Although it is not the first journal of its kind, it has some distinctive characteristics. The new JETR aims to be an independent, international, and interreligious platform for interdisciplinary debate. It seeks to bring together economists (or more generally social scientists), theologians, and scholars in religious studies. Even though JETR is published by the EETI at the Erasmus University Rotterdam — and for that reason has its starting point in the Western Christian tradition — it is emphatically open to other religious and theological traditions. It welcomes contributions from a variety of perspectives, whether Judaist, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist or of any other religion or conviction.
Using the labels that can be found across the existing literature on economics, theology and religion, the editors welcome submissions in the following categories: economics and theology, economics and religion, religious economics, theological economics, economics or religion, religion/theology and economic development, economics as religion, theology of economics, economics and sacred text studies and economy in theology. This list is not exhaustive but indicative of the topics which JETR covers.
As editors, we personally believe that the 'Great Separation' of economics and theology was a historical mistake. For many centuries, theology, religion, and economic thought have informed each othe (like there has been a direct connection with law studies), but this connection was abandoned. Our times require a reorientation on various levels and topics. The interdisciplinary debate between different fields of knowledge may well bring about new insights. Economics, theology, and religious studies focus on different aspects of human experience and apply different methodologies and it is for this very reason that they might achieve crossover results, beneficial to all. While respecting the methodological and cultural differences between disciplines, we are convinced that economists, theologians, and scholars in religious studies can learn from each other and engage in a cooperation with gains for all.
Editor in chief
Dr. Joost Hengstmengel, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Prof. dr. Paul van Geest, Tilburg University
Prof. dr. Lans Bovenberg, Tilburg University
Prof. dr. Harry Commandeur, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Prof. dr. Kees van der Kooi, Free University Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Govert Buijs, Free University Amsterdam
Dr. Antoinette Rijsenbilt, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Dr. Bas van Os, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Ard Jan Biemond MSc, Erasmus University Rotterdam