The term “Political Economy” was the original term coined in the 18th century to describe the study and discipline of moral philosophy associated with the production, buying, and selling of goods and their relationship to law, culture and government. Hence the study of political economy is really the study of ethics.
By the late 19th century popular usage of the term had been shortened to the single word we use today to describe this study; economics. However with the shortening of the term also came the narrowing of the focus and any thought of the morality and ethics of the issue slowly began to fade away.
“Political Meekonomy” is therefore the term I use to describe the study of Christian Ethics as they relate to modern economics, moral philosophy, law, culture and government.
Over the next several months (Who am I kidding? The last time I did this it took 4 years!), I will be developing this idea further with the hopes of developing a new book to expand on the ideas put forth in my first self-published book “Meekonomics; Kingdom Economics from a Love Based Mentality” (Buy it now)
The new book’s working title is “Political Meekonomy; Christian Ethics for a Post-Christian World”. According to Wikipedia, Post-Christianity is the world-view in which Christianity is no longer the dominant “civil religion” but has gradually assumed values, culture and worldviews that combine a variety of influences. By its very nature Post-Christianity assumes that the dominant values were once Christian and while culture slowly challenges the assumptions of Christianity the overall basis of cultural values remain strongly rooted there. This creates a cultural conflict between our “traditional values” and “progressive ideology” that threatens many conservative traditionalists and causes those who wish to re-examine our cultural assumptions to dismiss anything remotely Christian as repressive and archaic.
But to many Christian Ethics are still relevant and dare I say necessary for the maintenance of a just and fair society. If we are to move our culture beyond conservative stereo-types and truly embrace Christianity as a viable cultural, ethical and political movement in a our modern, multi-ethnic, pluralistic society we need to re-examine what it was that made it unique in the first place and what propelled “Christendom” to become the dominant cultural force it was for nearly two a millennia. We as Christians also need to be honest with ourselves and look closely and unflinchingly at what we did wrong, where we deviated from our own stated ethics and how we allowed culture to get so far off track. Indeed much of what has been considered morality inside the cultural assumptions of Christendom is far from what the early church fathers could have envisioned in the so called Pre-Christian world, when they were being heavily persecuted for their faith.
I could go on but since I’m just starting to develop this idea I’m afraid I might start to ramble so I’ll leave it at that for now, stay tuned….