ABSTRACT

Adam Smith wrote in a Scotland where Calvinism, Continental natural law theory, Stoic philosophy, and the Newtonian tradition of scientific natural theology were key to the intellectual lives of his contemporaries. But what impact did these ideas have on Smith’s system? What was Smith’s understanding of nature, divine providence, and theodicy? How was the new discourse of political economy positioned in relation to moral philosophy and theology?

In this volume a team of distinguished contributors consider Smith’s work in relation to its Scottish Enlightenment religious background, and offer stimulating theological interpretations of his account of fallible human nature, his providential account of markets, and his invisible hand metaphor. Adam Smith as Theologian it is a pioneering study which will alter our view of Smith and open up new lines of thinking about contemporary economics.

chapter |16 pages

Introduction: Theological Readings Of Smith

ByPAUL OSLINGTON

part |2 pages

Part I: Smith in Context

part |2 pages

Part II: Analysis and Assessment of Adam Smith’s Theology

chapter 6|15 pages

Adam Smith, Natural Theology, And The Natural Sciences

ByPETER HARRISON

chapter 7|6 pages

How High Does The Impartial Spectator Go?

ByJAMES OTTESON

chapter 8|8 pages

Adam Smith’s Theodicy

ByBRENDAN LONG

chapter 9|19 pages

From Civil To Political Economy: Adam Smith’s Theological Debt

ByADRIAN PABST

chapter 11|10 pages

A Visible Hand: Contemporary Lessons From Adam Smith

ByPAUL S. WILLIAMS

chapter |2 pages

List of Contributors