Christian economy is a form of the
organization of economic activities based on the teachings of Jesus Christ,
when the high economic efficiency is achieved on the basis of respect Christian
values, personal responsibility of each person before God, and selfless and uncompromising
quest for the practical implementation of the commandments of Jesus Christ, to
the achievement of universal justice and prosperity in all spheres of life.
Christian economy creates conditions for the practical implementation of
Christian values and development of self-independence for each person in
accordance with the Christian doctrine and leads to complete liberation from
material problems and dependence, the prevalence of creative work, to achieve
such a high level of intellectual, economic and technological development, when
the production of wealth stops be a primary concern of human society.
Public policy and social
traditions will be used to serve the
Christians, not to suppress them.
Christian economy is also performs as and implies a system of views on the
economy, which is intended to put the embodiment of economic mechanisms and
methods of Christian principles of the Gospel and deliver people from the
maximum of dependence and problems, from humiliating forms of physical toil,
considering the well-being and spiritual prosperity of all human beings without
exception as a priority all economic processes.
Christian economy is also a multilateral scientific and ideological
direction, which from the standpoint of Christianity:
- examines the influence of Christianity on the economy, the role and
importance of Christian values for the successful development of the economy.
Based on the acquired knowledge it:
- examines and analyzes the relationship of the economy to the other spheres of
life, and on this basis to create new economic knowledge;
- develops new effective directions and methods of economic, the individual,
society and the state development at the present stage of history;
- analyzes the reasons for various negative processes and crises in the modern
economy, and develops the ways (technologies) to neutralize them.
For the very first time Christian economy was described by economist Edward
Semyonov and prominent journalist Alexander Lebedev in the article "The
Christian economy", written in the summer of 2011 and published on 27 June
№ 26 "Literaturnaya Gazeta (Literary newspaper)".
Christian economy is a qualitative concept and does not mean the overall
economic potential of all Christian countries. For this Mr. E.Semenov and A.
Lebedev introduced the concept of "Christian economic space (area)" -
a common economic potential and God’s resources of all Christian countries
(notably, the U.S., Russia,
European Union).The most important tenet of the Christian economy is that the existence and
prosperity of the economy is impossible without strict adherence to the
principles of Christianity. The purpose of the economy is an approaching the
Kingdom of Heaven through the creation of high technology and production
conditions for the celebration of Christian justice, prosperity for all and
universal perfection of each individual. Otherwise, the economy begins to
degrade, economic and political crises destroy society and all the people without
exception are doomed to poverty, suffering and death.