Transformative Models: Economic Modeling, Relational Ontology, and the Image of God

Bibliographic Information: 

Butner, Jr., D. Glenn. “Transformative Models: Economic Modeling, Relational Ontology, and the Image of God.” Journal of Markets and Morality, 17 no. 2 (2014), 355-379.

Description:

This article offers a comparison between economic models and the theological concept of the image of God. There is an overlap of purpose between these two in four areas: (1) seeking to represent reality, (2) seeking to uncover the correct equilibrium of relations among actors, (3) seeking to describe and predict change through time as a basis for current action, and (4) acting as a means to change reality. Having established the conceptual overlap, it is argued that the imago dei can inform economic models by offering a better understanding of relationality and personhood. Finally, the thesis is compared to similar work in the field, arguing that the emphasis on ontological change represents a unique contribution.

Publisher: 
Journal of Markets and Morality, Acton Institute