If God dwelt among us, as Johnâ€s Gospel assures us, then so must theologians, as John Atherton challenges us. It is no empty call. Atherton shows us how itâ€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 Athertonâ€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!