Challenging Religious Studies: The Wealth, Wellbeing and Inequalities of Nations
Challenging Religious Studies: The Wealth, Wellbeing and Inequalities of Nations  -     By: John Atherton
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: SCM Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0334046491
ISBN-13: 9780334046493

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Challenging Religious Studies represents a breakthrough in our understanding and development of the practices, ethics and theories of religious studies through engagement with the world of daily life and its breath-taking transformation since 1800, as revealed particularly in living standards, life expectancy and subjective wellbeing.

Together with the equally disturbing growth of inequalities between and within nations, this constitutes the profound paradox of development. What is of particular interest is the book’s rigorous treatment of the question why religion is better at delivering greater subjective wellbeing and how it does so.

To build such arguments always involves engaging with key related disciplines, experiences and practices, including economics, psychology, sociology and economic history. But it will also increasingly offer religion the opportunity to participate in such developments but always and increasingly through collaboration with other such disciplines and experiences, and always with the objective of furthering the greater wellbeing of all people in and through their environments.

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If God dwelt among us, as John’s Gospel assures us, then so must theologians, as John Atherton challenges us. It is no empty call. Atherton shows us how it’s done by quantifying religion in daily life and engaging economists on human wellbeing. This is vintage Atherton, informed, insightful and inspiring.

Relations between economics and religion have long been fractious, to the detriment of both. While economists have broadened their interests, the centrality of religion to human wellbeing is rarely recognized. On the other side, many theologians brand economics as a soulless doctrine of materialism. Such polarized views hurt both economics and religious studies, and have long been due for change. John Atherton’s Challenging religious studies is a splendid bridge across the divide and lays out a path for a richer, more productive, and more sympathetic collaboration. Bravo!

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