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Exploring the Economics of Monasticism

Western culture celebrates the “magic of the market” and claims as a truism that “communism doesn’t work.” It seems almost paradoxical, then, that monasteries – entities organized internally on socialist principles – were able to survive at all, let alone persist for centuries and make great contributions to civilization. Economist Nathan Smith explores the spiritual influences within monasteries that allowed sacred “socialist communes” to survive and thrive against great odds while secular “socialist communes” have repeatedly failed, in a working paper housed on the site of the Association of Religion Data Archives, a source for the highest-quality information and data on American and international religion.

 

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Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters "The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the...

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that...

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It...

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Sat, Jun 30, 2018 - 09:00 am
Frances Taylor Gench will preach and lead a workshop entitled “When the Bible Raises Your Blood Pressure: Faithful Wrestling with...

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