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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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Franklin College Master's Program Gift

"A $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette will help support Franklin College's new Master of Science in...

Working Hands

The Work of the Hands by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros ... It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up...

International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

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