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Frank J. Lechner

In: The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Chapter 4: Rational Choice and Religious Economies1

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Rational Choice and Religious Economies1
Rational choice and religious economies

Adam Smith may well be the founder of the sociology of religion. His Wealth of Nations is a classic text in economics, but Smith ranged beyond the confines of that discipline. In analyzing the institutions of ‘commercial society,’ he practiced sociology as well. A striking instance is a section on the ‘expense of public works and ...

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