The Soul of the Entrepreneur: A Christian Anthropology of Creativity, Innovation, and Liberty
2016. Journal of Ethics & Entrepreneurship 6: 117-31
22 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 17, 2016
Although often acknowledged as critically important, the role of the entrepreneur in the modern economy is often underdeveloped or inadequately understood. The reason for this is in large part due to the complex anthropological mysteries that lie at the heart of entrepreneurship. The Christian moral tradition provides important insights into the nature of the human person, particularly with respect to entrepreneurial activity, that provide a more comprehensive understanding of human action. Christian teachings regarding the creation of the cosmos, the human person as created in the image of God (imago Dei), and human beings as free moral agents combine to present an account of entrepreneurship in terms of spiritual as well as material realities. From the Christian perspective, the soul of the entrepreneur is determinative for his or her role in promoting human flourishing.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Spirituality, Creativity, Innovation, Liberty, Christianity
JEL Classification: D21, D6, L26, Z12, Z13, Z18
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