Anderson=Bulletin28 - B ULLETIN ARTICLE 5 Introduction and...

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Unformatted text preview: B ULLETIN ARTICLE 5 Introduction and Background his article is the fourth in a series of review articles investigating various Christian approaches to economics. Previous articles by Halteman (1990), Hoksbergen (1992), and Noell (1993) have consid- ered Anabaptist and Reformed approaches to economics. In this review, we will consider various approaches to economics by evangelical scholars. We focus on the views of evangelical economists, but also touch on the economic views of evangelical non-economists where they are important. Our approach is to examine the evangelical mind and ask what it is about evangelical thought patterns and sensibilities that has resulted in the types of economic contributions that we have observed in recent years. Noll (1994) provides our framework in examining the evangelical mind. He claims that there is not much of an evangelical mind and traces the reasons for that assessment. We examine his critique with an eye toward evaluating whether it is applicable to evangelical economists. Two recent reviews of the contributions of Christian economists are important to highlight as benchmarks as we begin this process. 2 The work of Richardson (1988) and Tiemstra (1993) provide a rich background for the reader desiring a more comprehensive coverage of Christian economics over the past generation. Richardson (1988) identifies the main contribu- tions to economics by Christian scholars. 3 He cites selected contributions by Christian economists including: Beckmann (1981), Brennan (1986), Cramp (1975, 1983), Daly (1980, 1987), Goudzwaard (1979), Graham et al (1986), Griffiths (1982, 1984), Hay (1989), Hill (1987), Klay (1986), McKee (1987), Sleeman (1953, 1976), Stamp (1926, 1939) 4 , Storkey (1979), Vickers (1976, 1982), Waterman (1987), and Wilber and Grimes (1987). He also cites works on economics by others, including some Christian non-economists: Bernbaum (1986), Block, Brennan and Elzinga (1985), the Calvin College Department of Economics (1986), Clouse (1984), Schaeffer (1985), and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1987). To this list, Tiemstra (1993) adds and evaluates important contributions reflecting the ...explosion of work written byAmerican evangelicals concerning the relationship of faith and learning in the field of economics. Contributions by Christian econo- mists include Dykema (1989), Halteman (1988), Heyne (1990), Mason and T John E. Anderson is Professor of Economics and George Langelett a graduate student at the University of Nebraska. 1 A UTHORS Economics and the Evangelical Mind Association of Christian Economists F ALL 1996 ARTICLE 6 evangelical places an em- phasis on new birth in Christ, a reliance on Biblical author- ity, a concern for sharing the faith with others, and a focus on re- demption in the work of Christ on the cross....
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Anderson=Bulletin28 - B ULLETIN ARTICLE 5 Introduction and...

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