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Economic Origins of Roman Christianity

Robert B. Ekelund Jr. and Robert D. Tollison


In the global marketplace of ideas, few realms spark as much conflict as religion. For millions of people, it is an integral part of everyday life, reflected by a widely divergent supply of practices and philosophical perspectives. Yet, historically, the marketplace has not always been competitive. While the early Common Era saw competition between Christianity, Judaism, and the many pagan cults, Roman Christianity came eventually to dominate Western Europe. Using basic concepts of economic theory, this book explains the origin and subsequent spread of Roman Christianity, showing first how the ... More

Keywords: religion, marketplace of ideas, early Common Era, Judaism, pagan cults, Roman Christianity, Western Europe, economic theory, networking, entrepreneurship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226200026
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226200040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Ekelund Jr., author

Robert D. Tollison, author