Philosophical interventions into economics typically diagnose and isolate a particular problem of injustice or exploitation. Goodchild’s work is much more ambitious in aiming to provide an analysis of the main concepts that bind economics and theology and how these concepts have transformed and influenced our understanding. Credit to Goodchild for providing arguments that are convincing, lively, and original!— Todd Mei, Head of Philosophy, University of Kent, UK
Philip Goodchild is a leading philosopher of religion engaging the most important theoretical questions. In Credit and Faith, following his groundbreaking Theology of Money, he examines the profound intersection of theology and economics. Goodchild fashions a bold Christian philosophy of offering and participation that liberates us from the oppression of appropriation by people, goods, and systems. Powerfully recommended!
— Clayton Crockett, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Central Arkansas, USA
As is the case with Philip Goodchild’s earlier work, Credit and Faith takes remarkable and unprecedented strides in mapping out the deeper political theology behind modern economic theory. Not since Max Weber linked the spirit of capitalism to the Protestant ethic has any thinker so insightfully analyzed the religious values and historical antecedents behind today’s global market economy.
— Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Denver, USA
Not only does Goodchild know how to write, he knows how to think as well. His deconstructive-reconstructive cross-readings of the two disciplines open up unexpected dimensions in both economics and theology. Much more than mere creative interpretations of shared key-concepts - concepts such as debt, price, and trust - his new book Credit and Faith has the potential of becoming a true discours de la méthode.
— Chris Doude van Troostwijk, Luxembourg School of Religion and Society
Philip Goodchild's two-decade long investigations into the mysteries and mystifications of the money form have led, finally, to this magnum opus. It is a tour de force of intellectual rigor combined with an uncanny ability to sustain multiple perspectives, constantly showing us that we are not yet asking the right theological questions about what an economy is, could be, or should be. It is a visionary work offering both difficult and inspiring insights for credit and faith in the future.
— Joshua Ramey, Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights, Haverford College, USA
In this pathbreaking work, Philip Goodchild directs our attention to the important connections between credit and faith, revealing profound implications for philosophy, theology, and economics. Beyond these disciplinary contributions, Goodchild strikes out on a quest to reshape the nature of the social and our precarious life together, upending the death-dealing grip of debt in favor of life-generating options for credit and trust.
— Devin Singh, Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, USA, and author, Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West
Both economy and theology share an intensely guarded secret: both require faith in something that remains, in essence, a promise. In this book, Goodchild takes the reader on an often surprising and extremely insightful journey of readings, interpretations and thought experiments to show that credit and faith, economy and theology, share more, much more indeed, than a slight family resemblance.
— Stefan Schwarzkopf, Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark