Religious Conflict and Religion and the Economy

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I have to write an essay ONLY using THREE of the following questions of choice. It is actually not a full essay but atleast answers explained in detail.

  1. Which is more likely to influence the other: Religion or economics? Why? What specific aspects of religious commitment/religion might influence a person’s economic conduct or circumstances?
  2. A) What does Karl Max mean by religion being an opiate to oppressed people? According to Karl Max in what ways can religion be an opiate to oppressed people?
    B) What kinds of evidence can you use to support this view of religion? [Mention about five examples]
    C) Do you agree with Karl Max’s view that for there to be equality, societies must rid themselves of religion?
  3. Drawing on your experience, knowledge of history, readings and or observations about life in the USA mention and explain 5 ways in which religion serves or has served as a resource to minorities or oppressed people in coping with oppression and in their struggles for change.
  4. How, according to Max Weber did religious beliefs influence the formation of capitalism as an economic system? What criticisms were leveled against Weber?
  5. Explain 4 of the following into details.

A. The spirit of capitalism
B. The protestant Ethic
C. Inter religious conflict
D. Intra- religious conflict
E. Theodicies of disprivilege
F. Theodicies of good fortune
G. The concept of vocation

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Religion and the Economy

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10th Dec 2017




Q1. Religion is a set of beliefs regarding the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe,
especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually
involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the
conduct of human affairs. Economics, on the other hand, is the science of analyzing the
production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
Religion influences economy because religious practices enforce direct trade-off, as they
need time and resources that are then engaged in production. Practices may as well affect
productivity, for example by controlling social interactions with nonbelievers or by even putting
dietary restrictions. Lastly, religion outline beliefs and values that regulate most of the economic
decisions (McMullan, 2004).
One crucial aspect that is common to all typ...

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