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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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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...

Discovering Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones

Struggling in the valley of dry bones?Listen and subscribe to Faith & Leadership's podcast, Can These Bones. The...

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

Here are some sermon resources and art work for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018 (Year B)...

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