Economy, Ethics and Theology

23 November 2020

Economy, Ethics and Theology

Economy, Ethics and Theology is one of three inspiring courses offered in ETF’s Summer Colloquium, scheduled August 16–21, 2021. This international study week includes lectures, various workshops and times for meeting and reflection, and is open for any academic scholar.

Registration is open until 1 June 2021.

This course aims to investigate the ethical and theological origins and critique of capitalism, engaging critically with classical political economy, key moral, theological and ecological critiques of political economy, and alternative approaches to economic and political organization. It is based on a reading of classic and contemporary texts in political economy and theological and philosophical ethics. It will be presented in the context of growing interaction between the humanities and economics amid global financial crises, and of intensified ethical, ecological and religious criticism of current trajectories of global capitalism, which contribute to increasing inequality, social exclusion, and ecological unsustainability. It is organised around key themes, framed by an interdisciplinary study of economy, ethics and theology, including the gift and archaic exchange, origins of the market economy, the philosophy of economic liberalism, Marxist and romantic critiques of modern political economy, and theological and practical alternatives to mainstream capitalism, including ecological economics, the local economy and fair trade.

Prof. Dr. Michael S. Northcott is Professor of Religion and Ecology at the Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Since 2019, he also serves as Guest Professor of Systematic Theology (Ethics) at ETF Leuven.

ETF’s Summer Colloquium in August 2021 features three inspiring courses which intersect theology, church and society. The two other courses are:

Our Summer Colloquium is compulsory for ETF Open University students and open to all interested people with academic qualifications and can serve as additional in-service training for pastors, teachers, and other ministry professionals.


Summer Colloquium '21

Summer Colloquium '21

This international study week includes lectures, various activities and times for meeting and reflection. The Summer Colloquium is required for ETF Open...

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