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By Robert B. Ekelund Jr., Robert D. Tollison

In the worldwide market of rules, few geographical regions spark as a lot clash as faith. For hundreds of thousands of individuals, it really is an essential component of way of life, mirrored through a generally divergent provide of practices and philosophical views. but, traditionally, has now not consistently been aggressive. whereas the early universal period observed pageant among Christianity, Judaism, and the various pagan cults, Roman Christianity got here finally to dominate Western Europe. Using easy recommendations of financial conception, Robert B. Ekelund Jr. and Robert D. Tollison clarify the starting place and next unfold of Roman Christianity, displaying first how the normal ideas of danger, fee, and gain can account for the call for for faith. Then, drawing at the economics of networking, entrepreneurship, and business association, the publication explains Christianity's fast ascent. Like a company, the church constructed sound enterprise techniques that elevated its industry proportion to a close to monopoly within the medieval period. This e-book deals a desirable examine the dynamics of Christianity’s upward push, in addition to how features the church’s structure—developed over the 1st millennium—illuminate a couple of serious difficulties confronted by means of the church today.

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No church or religion or claimant of any kind can offer a money-back guarantee to a soul dissatisfied with his or her afterlife experience. Naturally, this fact has not prevented the existence, emergence, and continuous evolution of myriad forms of spiritual belief and religion in thousands of forms, and one major reason for the success of religion is the successful establishment of credence in the metacredence product of an afterlife. Just how is this accomplished? The mechanism is the establishment of an entire structure of faith based upon ritual, dogma, rules, and doctrinal imperatives for “right living,” creation of physical and personal capital that inspires awe and grandeur, and provision of corporeal products (some jointly supplied) that complement the tenets of faith and many other factors.

Our quest to understand the implications of church efforts to achieve monopoly over the fi rst millennium does not end here, however. The journey to and success of monopoly over the course of the fi rst millennium and the tools used to achieve it have implications for modern developments in Christianity. Thus we conclude in chapter 8 by focusing briefly on contemporary aspects of church behavior, fi nding that the Roman and other Christian churches defend traditional doctrines, but that this is and can be only partially successful in the competitive and scientific environments of advanced contemporary societies.

We then discuss the impact of this monopoly on the religious life of the medieval period. What were the effects of the monopoly on religious belief in Europe of the time, and what was the impact of that monopoly on later developments in the Christian religion? The answers to this question are not merely of historical importance. They lay bare the structure of a universal tendency to monopoly or, more accurately, the means through which religious institutions attempt to gain monopoly control over markets and, when having done so, elicit competition for that control.

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