Confession and Bookkeeping: The Religious, Moral, and by James Aho

By James Aho

A interesting exploration of the relationship among revenue making and morality, this publication illustrates how sleek accounting had its roots within the sacrament of confession.

Double-entry bookkeeping (DEB), sleek capitalism’s at the start calculative know-how, was once “invented” throughout the heart a long time whilst revenue making used to be morally stigmatized. James Aho examines the problematical of lucrative and provides an explanatory knowing of the paradoxical coupling of revenue looking and morality via situating DEB within the non secular situations from which it emerged, particularly the newly instituted sacrament of penance, that's, confession.

Confession impacted the consciences of medieval businessmen either via its sacramental shape and during its ethical teachings. the shape of confession produced frequent conduct of ethical scrupulosity (leading to compulsive list keeping); the content material of confession taught that trade itself used to be morally suspect. Scrupulous businessmen have been therefore pushed to justify their affairs to church, commune, and themselves. by way of DEB, profitable used to be “Christianized” and Christianity was once made extra amenable to the pursuit of wealth. even though DEB is usually considered solely as a scientifically impartial account of the move of cash via an organization, it continues to be because it was once initially devised, a rhetorical argument.

James Aho is Professor of Sociology at Idaho country collage and is the writer of many books, together with The issues of the area: A Social Phenomenology and The Orifice as Sacrificial web site: tradition, association, and the Body.

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