Economic Origins of Roman Christianity (Hardback)
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Short Description for Economic Origins of Roman Christianity Using basic concepts of economic theory, this title explains the origin and subsequent spread of Roman Christianity, showing how the standard concepts of risk, cost, and benefit can account for the demand for religion. Drawing on the economics of networking, entrepreneurship, and industrial organization, it details Christianity's rapid ascent.
- Published: 19 August 2011
- Format: Hardback 264 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780226200026 ISBN 10: 0226200027
- Sales rank: 918,750
Full description for Economic Origins of Roman Christianity
In the global marketplace of ideas, few realms spark as much conflict as religion. For millions of people, it is an integral part of everyday life as reflected by a widely divergent supply of practices and philosophical perspectives. Yet, historically, the marketplace has not always been competitive. While the early Common Era saw competition between Christianity, Judaism, and the many pagan cults, Roman Christianity eventually came to dominate Western Europe. Using basic concepts of economic theory, Robert B. Ekelund Jr. and Robert D. Tollison explain the origin and subsequent spread of Roman Christianity, showing first how the standard concepts of risk, cost, and benefit can account for the demand for religion. Then, drawing on the economics of networking, entrepreneurship, and industrial organization, the book explains Christianity's rapid ascent. Like a business, the church developed sound business strategies that increased its market share to a near monopoly in the medieval period. This book offers a fascinating look at the dynamics of Christianity's rise, as well as how aspects of the church's structure - developed over the first millennium - illuminate a number of critical problems faced by the church today.