[e] Political Economy 101

Religion & Reality (Week 7)


This post is part of an online course about political and economic behaviour in a world characterised by contradictions and a deluge of #mixedsignals. This is how it works:

  • Watch/listen to the music videos in the post,
  • Pick ONE of the reading recommendations,
  • Reflect on the links between the post’s topic, the videos, and your chosen reading.

Are you a religious person and therefore think reality should conform to values, goals, and standards that non-religious people consider imaginary? How does being religious or non-religious affect your life, and what does this mean vis-a-vis politics and/or economics?


Haven’t Seen It Yet. Danny Gokey.

Shine. Collective Soul.

Pocket of Sunshine. Natasha Bedingfield.

Dear God. Dax.

The Devil is a Lie. Rick Ross.

No Church in the Wild. Kanye West (ft. Jay-Z).

Recommended Readings

  • Carlisle, C. (2019). Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard. Penguin. Link.
  • Westerlund, D. (ed.). (1996). Questioning the Secular State: The Worldwide Resurgence of Religion in Politics. Hurst & Co. Link.
  • Bellin, E. (2007). Faith in politics: New trends in the Study of Religion and Politics. World Politics, 60, 315-347. Link.
  • Iannaccone, L. R. (1998). Introduction to the Economics of Religion. Journal of Economic Literature, 36(3), 1465-1495. Link.
  • Iyer, S. (2016). The New Economics of Religion. Journal of Economic Literature, 54(2), 395-441. Link.

Cover photo by Dominique Josse on Unsplash.

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