New graduate course examines religions and debt

usury-course-400This fall, as part of the Religions and Public Life program at KIE, Luke Bretherton will be leading a seminar course:

Debt, Usury & Citizenship: A Comparative Political Theology

Tuesdays, 2:30-5:00pm

This course will compare the theologies of Judaism, Christianity & Islam in relation to debt and usury, in dialogue with contemporary economic thinking and policy on regulation.  What is the relationship between debt and citizenship? How are campaigns for responsible lending offering opportunities for interfaith activism? The course will be a window onto religious critiques of capitalism but also the co-inherence of the “economic ethics” and political theologies of Judaism, Christianity and Islam with the development of capitalism.