Greg Forster on Economics, Theology, and Keynesian Thought
In this episode, Steven McMullen interviews Greg Forster about two recent books that he has published. Greg is a political philosopher by training, but his work has spanned history, theology, economics, and political theory. He is the director of the Oikonomia Network, an organization that helps Christians think about theology and work. He is the author of a number of books and is also an assistant professor of faith and culture at Trinity International University.
As you will see as we talk, Greg is skeptical of the naturalistic or materialist framing that we economists often use in our work. That doesn’t mean that he wants to get rid of modern economics, though, he draws heavily and appreciatively on the work of social scientists in his writing and is a particular fan of the economics discipline.
Over the course of our conversation about his recent books, we talk about the kinds of theological themes that show up in the work of economists, the importance of history, the nature of political ideology, Keynesian thought, and consumerism.
Links to items mentioned in this podcast:
Economics: A Student’s Guide, Crossway, 2019 (Faith & Economics Review by Ken Elzinga, http://christianeconomists.org/2020/07/08/review-of-economics-a-students-guide/)
The Keynesian Revolution and Our Empty Economy: We’re All Dead, written with Victor Claar, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 (Review Symposium in Faith & Economics, http://christianeconomists.org/2020/07/08/faith-economics-spring-2020/)
Video introducing the Oikonomia Network (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n60FAd_CeBc)
Oikonomia Network Website (https://oikonomianetwork.org/)
Reckoning with Markets: Moral Reflection in Economics, by James Halteman and Edd Noell, Oxford Univ. Press, 2012.
McMullen, Steven, and Todd P. Steen. “Does Current Economic Methodology Impose a Materialistic View of Work? Journal of Markets and Morality, 2017
Greg's latest book Human Flourishing: Economic Wisdom For a Fruitful Christian Vision of the Good Life (Wipf and Stock, 2020)
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