Research report 2020 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Religion, morality and economic transformation
Max-Planck – Cambridge Zentrum für Ethik, Wirtschaft und sozialen Wandel (Max Planck-Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change)
SummaryThe connections of religion, morality and economy featured prominently among the classical works in the sociology of religion, but new economic forms, their global entanglements and their effects on religious actors demand new research approaches. In Buddhism one finds ritual technologies of self-cultivation, which are used for enhancement of productivity. There are also ritual economies, which re-distribute wealth according to moral criteria. The economy is therefore not to be understood as a solely rational and secular matter, but is embedded in religious practices and moral values.