Religion Past and Present

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I. The Concept – II. Economic Systems and their Theories – III. Economy and Religion

I. The Concept

The term economy encompasses the totality of all individual actions and social interactions that serve to produce goods (commodities or services [Service sector]) for the purpose of satisfying human needs (Consumption). As a rule, the “production” of commodities means that human labor and nonhuman energy are used to process natural materials, tu…

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Sautter, Hermann, Rüpke, Jörg, Schneider, Helmuth, Otto, Eckart, Penslar, Derek, Lohlker, Rüdiger, Golzio, Karl-Heinz, Davenport, Stewart and Pfleiderer, Georg, “Economy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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