n HTS : Theological Studies - Martin Luther oor oneerlikheid in die ekonomie : original research
|Article Title||Martin Luther oor oneerlikheid in die ekonomie : original research|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||1 - 7|
Martin Luther about dishonesty in the economy. This article is about Martin Luther's economic ethics. Background information is given about the economic situation 500 years ago. The high levels of poverty in Germany were the main reason behind the health crisis experienced at that time. Luther reprimanded the heads of families to work diligently and honestly in order to ensure a stable income for the family. He prophetically also criticised the dishonesty on the market place. He exposed the many attempts by people to exploit the poor. An overview is given of the development of his economic thought. The focus falls, however, on his essay Von Kaufshandlung und Wucher (1524) [On trade and profiteering].
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