The Economic Decoding of Religious Dogmas: Ranking World Religions in Terms of Economic Consistency

Paul Fudulu
University of Bucharest, Romania

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08 Jun 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
208 pages - 129 x 198mm


This book proves that each religious dogma, in any of their components, contain in an encoded manner a specific ranking of human comprehensive mega-objectives, implicitly, a specific preference for absolute wealth or, in a more common parlance, for the objective of economic performance.  In turn, that specific preference, under ceteris paribus condition, determines the share of believer’s general resources which is channeled to economic performance. An in-depth or correct understanding of a religious dogma, which makes sense for terrestrial social realities, is impossible without a specific model of decoding.  Additionally, such a model is simply impossible within an orthodox Western, that is, non-transcultural perspective.  There is no accident that all Western efforts to decode religions, economic or non-economic, have failed. Understanding religion based on its face story is very precarious, if not even dangerous. 
Using the general power paradigm—for which he has struggled to attain recognition—Fudulu examines the influence of various religious values and institutions on economic performance. He begins by setting out the model, both the general power perspective and the specific models for analyzing the consistency of religions with economic performance. Then he covers a short description of the Great Religions, consistency criteria, the economic consistency of the Great Religions and its evolution, and his general power theory of religion relative to other current theories.
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