The Two Pillars of the Market

A Paradigm for Dialogue between Theology and Economics

by Jean Lee (Author)
©2011 Monographs VIII, 296 Pages


Where is our economy heading? Have we lost something valuable in the human quest for efficiency and perpetual growth? What human qualities are being eroded as we rely on the modern market mechanism to coordinate our daily lives? This book poses a theological challenge to contemporary economic life through a re-discovery of the historical roots of the theological covenant in society. The author places the covenant in contrast with the contract, exploring the distinction between the two concepts, their significance and their interaction in the economic market. The result is a new proposal – the ‘Two Pillars’ paradigm – that challenges the fundamentals of modern economics and promotes the idea of a balanced market which allows for genuine human relationships, freedom and economic justice. The author illustrates the practical use of the paradigm through the example of long-term employment arrangements, and applies it as a basis for dialogue with scholars ranging from Adam Smith to modern-day economists.


VIII, 296
ISBN (Softcover)
economic life from a theological point of view historical roots of the theological covenant in society Two Pillars Paradigm for the market Covenant in response to society and the economic order
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VIII, 296 pp.

Biographical notes

Jean Lee (Author)

Jean Lee is Assistant Professor at the China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong. She obtained her PhD in Theology from the University of Edinburgh. She also holds a Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and formerly worked at Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm.


Title: The Two Pillars of the Market