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Theology has been for centuries at the centre of the work of thinkers concerned with economic and social matters. From the very beginning of Christianity up to modern Political economy, a cross-fertilisation between theologia and oikonomia has occurred. Smith, Marx, Vico and Genovesi, for example, deployed theological languages and their theoretical systems were influenced by the theological debates.

According to Benjamin [], capitalism is a new form of religion that calls for an exclusive form of worship and aims at replacing Jewish—Christian humanism. This Special Issue argues that theology is very relevant for understanding the differences between Anglo-Saxon Protestant and Latin European one Catholic capitalisms—the contrast between the economic spirits of the North and of the South of Europe.

In consequence, the contemporary contrast in economic and social terms between North and South Europe can be seen as the double fruits of an interrupted path. The social pathologies, i. At the same the Protestant individualism is facing a different crisis that is no less grave and perhaps more so, with repercussions everywhere. Both pathologies call for a remedy that would represent something new and perhaps a resumption of our once shared European path.

Before the Reformation irruption, market economy had emerged and expanded as a distinctively European phenomenon, from Palermo to London, from Lisbon to Prague. Christian faith had represented the new philia fides: trust that, as in the polis of Aristotle and Pericles, but now cosmopolitinised, made possible trust and trading among different people belonging to different clans and villages. The scholastic philosophers and theologians—Aquinas in particular—developed an ethics suitable for the new urban—rural international civilization linking trade with agriculture and manufacture, based on the pivotal idea of common good.

This involved the thesis that the good of the individual has to be seen in deep and necessary connection with the goods of association and of the community. From that vision derives a conception of an ethical economy—involving requirements for just prices, the severe limitation of usurious lending, the restriction of money to non-commodifiable means, etc—that was ontologically at once communitarian and hierarchical.

In the conception, the crucially established mediators priest, abbot, king, lord, father…but much more often than we think also Abbesses, Ladies and Mothers… were the basic mechanism to implement the harmonization of public and private goods. Furthermore, in the late Middle Ages the cross-fertilisation and sometimes contamination between market and religion had reached a vast expansion: indulgences, poor people paid by the rich ones for making prayers and penitence in their place, donations of bankers for buying reduction of years of purgatory and so forth.

He was deeply struck and shocked by the mundane and market-based society he met in Italy, which he considered to be far from the original message of austerity and poverty of the gospel. Thus the strong reaction of Lutheran and later Calvinist Reformation was not only against the theology of the Roman church, but also against the style of living of the Italian Renaissance, its palaces, masterpieces of art, the newly pagan-influenced art of Michelangelo and Leonardo.

Therefore, the protestant cultural programme involved also a reestablishment of a more authentic and less money-oriented society. But, paradoxically, and in part due to the elimination of the hierarchical mediation of the church, the Protestant culture ended up creating an environment much more adapted to the further development of the capitalist economy Barbieri In fact, while in southern Europe the Counter-Reformation to a degree qualified and halted the process of freedom in commerce and politics started earlier encouraged by civic humanism, in the northern Protestant countries a further-unleashed individual freedom was the main engine of capitalistic revolution.

The situation of France can in these respects as in others be regarded as partly medial: just as Gallicanism and State-absolutism echoed strong Protestant state structures, so also a later Jansenism in religion encouraged psychological attitudes and social structures not entirely dissimilar to Protestant ones.

The role of mediation by the Catholic Church is a very key point here. Unlike the Protestant world, in the Roman context the church and its institutions played a central role in the legislation upon commerce and money, using a theological vision that remained in fundamental ways Medieval, and often Thomist, to whatever degree certain restrictions, as on usury, were somewhat relaxed in order to compromise with the new secular realities.

Whatever the technicalities here, the prevailing cultural spirit, institutionally and theological supported, remained rooted in an older world. Potential civic humanist developments of a town and market economy in a freer but still reciprocally just direction tended to falter in favour of a newly rigidified version of a Medieval order—one that now, ironically in its own way tended more to stress outright ownership, but mainly of fixed terrain, people and privileges.

Thus, the restraint exercised by the institutions of the Catholic church upon individual economic activity, and the strong tools of implementation of this control albeit often further mediated by the state as in the case of the Spanish Inquisition left the countries of South Europe Italy, Spain, Portugal, France to a degree in a condition of economic and financial disadvantage with respect to Northern Europe, especially in view of the fact that the latter region increasingly set the rules of the game both at home and in the merging overseas empires.

Due in part also to a lack of religious hierarchy, in Holland and in the other Protestant countries financial and money lending was permitted an almost unrestricted scope, while outright private property and exactly specified contract were more underwritten by law. Against this background, unrestricted commerce, individual wealth, capital accumulation and financial growth expanded in an unprecedented fashion.

Parallel to this, whereas in the North Europe and later in the USA, thanks to the impact of Calvinist ethics, labour and business were considered to be moral ways of engaging in ordinary life, in Italy of the Baroque period the re-feudalization of the culture involved a new praise for rural life and diffidence towards commerce and the city.

Most of the present-day differences in labour culture, attitudes to public debt, private and public ethics, in state welfare, individual rights and conceptions of the market lie in the two different ways that Europe took after the Reformation and Counter-Reformation eras.

The ideas and doctrines of Jansenism were already breeding in the Netherlands and in France. But at the very same time the Counter-Reformation, the doctrine and practice of the Jesuits, and the action of the Holy Office were gathering momentum across Italy, Spain, and Portugal. It is from this contradictory double development that civil economy will be born in the eighteenth century. Even before Martin Luther, a notable difference had existed between Latin Catholic Humanism and the spirit of north Europe.

Prior to the Christian saints, the Italians had worshipped their household gods the penates and other Roman deities and held processions in their temples. Roman Christianity transfigured the social culture they had created; but it found space within it in which it could grow and take a mediated form. This syncretic culture included from ancient times its own mode of urban and commercial life.

Below the Alps therefore, the market already existed before the diffusion of the Calvinist spirit and to this day it continues to exist with own distinctive character. In medieval times the accumulation of wealth drew such strong opposition that greed was labelled a capital vice; people were taught to cultivate an ethics of self-contentment and not to envy those above them. The Gospels and the message of Christ were unambiguous about money and wealth; and the economic ethic of the first millennium AD, as shaped first and foremost by the Early Church Fathers, contained a strong critique of money and of the pursuit of wealth in which the attainment of true wealth was deferred to the heavens.

Footnote 1. Certainly no one can deny that such men as the Bardi, Pitti, Datini, acted in a capitalistic manner, and, though baptized Christians, introduced a capitalistic mode of life among their Catholic contemporaries. But we deny that in so doing they were acting in conformity with Catholic social ethics. Yet it was exactly this brand of anti-wealth and anti-capitalist Christian spirit that during the second millennium that nonetheless apparently allowed Florence, Venice, Paris, Lisbon, and London to thrive with wealth and usurers, as well as Rome with its boundless luxury.

Footnote 2. This shows the prevailing opinion of the morality of commerce and of the markets in the Middle Ages. Suspicion and caution towards merchants and their activity remained ingrained within the Southern European Humanism, whereas, after the Reformation and through the Calvinist equivalence of wealth as blessing, the pursuit of profit has been turned from vice into the highest virtue of the capitalistic ethic—a transformation that has come to affect all forms of life on our planet.

When the Counter-Reformation set out to restore the Middle Ages, the Protestant Reformation took on the attitude of increasing amenability to commerce and to modern attitudes that had, ironically, originated in Humanism and the Renaissance. But the restrictive Catholic framework and mediating practice that had embedded the economic in the social, prevented the total subordination of Capital to Labour, and sustained the overarching framework of the common good was increasingly abandoned.

In the Northern countries, the view of individualism endorsed by the Reformation laid the groundwork for the production and creation of wealth. Static modes of ownership divorced from personal responsibility were now much more common. Where once property, however unequal had been rooted in personhood, now it was the other way round, even though property in the south was less exchangeable and more linked to unalterable inherited status. In so doing it encouraged an ostentatious type of consumption based on positional goods, as well as the pursuit of revenues, land ownership, and property holdings; at the same time, it discouraged economic activity, crafts, commerce, and private initiative.

The reaction of the Catholic Church against the values of the Reformation thus also led to a re-evaluation of the values of Humanism and Renaissance and, ultimately, to the end of the fledgling market economy that European Humanism had been building in a spirit of genuine freedom. The Northern cities then gave rise to a capitalism of their own, just as the Southern cities saw the perverse reworking of an older, rural order enforced by newly established institutions, like the High Office and the Inquisition.

The same amount of effort poured by these institutions into the fight against heresy and the ensuring of cultural conformity was devoted in the North to the creation of companies and banks. In other words, the Counter-Reformation brought to a halt the non-capitalist market economy that emerged in the Middle Ages and evolved into Civil Humanism, which was simultaneously personalistic and communal, capable of reconciling individual freedom and the common good with the fundamental role of the great charismata, the teachings of medieval theology, and the primacy of free civic institutions in the Italian city-states.

All this was much reinforced by Protestant theology: even though it revived traditional Catholic disapprovals of greed and ostentation in the face of some Renaissance manifestations, its very despair in the face of corruption led it to embrace doctrines of total depravity which left ethical and social reform somewhat futile. In consequence of this, the role of the Church as a more ideal community rather than the guardian of individual souls is somewhat abandoned—though far more by Lutheranism than Calvinism.

Concomitantly, the regulation of affairs becomes relatively amoral and pragmatic. For this double reason, the ending of ecclesial mediation in the market is reinforced: given the death of a reforming optimism with respect to human conduct in general and economic conduct in particular, it has no remaining point. Thus, supposedly hypocritical ostentation is refused, but a more measured economic pragmatism is unleashed.

In time, and supremely in the case of the USA, this will eventually and ironically unleash an unprecedentedly vulgar mode of ostentation and tasteless luxury. We cannot begin to comprehend the eighteenth century and the major anti-feudal shift that took place in Southern Europe, where a reconsidered Providence became central to the view of the market and commerce, if we do not consider the special context of Catholic Europe.

The civil and commercial virtues of Siena, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, and Lisbon were replaced by the desire for land and revenues. A renewed Civil Economy was what was needed. If this did not happen right away, it is because the economic impact of the Counter-Reformation was not immediately perceived. A concern to resist this and even in terms that were now specifically modern and capitalist, were nonetheless apparent from quite early on within the south.

During the Reformation, moral philosophers like Cajetan and Garimberto concentrated their hermeneutical efforts on finding arguments to legitimate interest-bearing loans..

Among such arguments were the distinctions between lucrum cessans ceasing profit, not allowed by Aquinas and damnum emergens allowed by Aquinas , and between usura excessive interest rate resulting from monetary speculation and fair interest equo on loans towards complex and risky trade ventures.

Within Civil Humanism and during the Renaissance such analytic distinctions had made it easier for trade and economic activity to gain acceptance by the Church compared to earlier and later centuries. This apparent rigidity sill that nonetheless permitted monetary loans if they were bent in the direction of risk-shouldering investment. The writings of the Jesuit preachers among others appeared between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries show that the Counter-Reformation, however, reveal a reaction against Cajetan-style modifications.

We would, however, not acknowledge correctly the main reasons for the renewed condemnation of usury and interest rate unless taking seriously the rent-seeking nature of financial activity. To make money through mere possession of a scarce resource, money, that is moreover just an instrument of trading good and not a good in itself was considered as a disease of the social body—as all form of pure sent-seeking is—Giuseppe Toniolo, the main catholic economist between XIX and XX century in Italy, criticized the usury exactly on this basis.

All this points precisely towards the essential validity of the Thomistic demand which the Franciscan position betrays that interests on loans be re-interpreted as legitimate shares in the enterprise that the borrowed money has been invested in.

Of course this point of view close to that of Islamic economic teaching accords the money-lender certain new participatory rights in compensation for the removal of irresponsible and unjustified ones. Nonetheless, the motivations of the Counter-Reformation theologians did not lie in the direction of reviving an ethically valid civil economy, but of upholding a much more moribund rural order.

In fact, the medieval and Greek-Roman world is based on the Aristotelian architectonic assumption, which gives primacy to politics. He is no longer the regulator of human existence […]. Having discovered the immanence of the rational order, his exertion has been rendered superfluous and even harmful.

His mission is to live at the margins of the economy and of the crumbs the latter reluctantly accords him. The relations set up by modern voluntarists between economics and politics have been turned upside-down. And even politics has been exonerated from the task of maintaining economics on the plane of morality. Classic voluntarism begins with the idea that the human being is ill with selfishness, but remains a social animal capable of relationality.

This notion was rooted in the Bible and was later grafted onto the Greek world where it can be found in Aristotle and, differently stated, in Plato and in Stoicism. Thomas and throughout the Middle Ages. In human beings virtue is a natural and co-essential trait. In order to strengthen virtue, we then need to foster education, schooling, rewards, and institutions. It is at this point that the architectonic comes in: common good must be institutionally constructed, not just accepted as the indirect and unintended product of competing but inter-balanced vices.

In this respect too, the Reformation was an epoch-making shift. In this perspective the direct cooperation of men and women ought to be discouraged since it will always be covertly a demonic masquerade and the common good still a major theme ought to be reconstrued in terms of a rule-observing game played out between isolated interests.

In the architectonic and more directly intentional view widely held within Catholic Humanism, the economic order is not a spontaneous order. And in line with its Catholic cultural origin, Civil Economy—and generally the Latin and Italian economic and political tradition—has maintained this directly intentional approach, which ascribes a fundamental role to the mediation of institutions and of the State whether in the case of the of mixed economy, a state and legally-established economic framework or a mutualist economic culture.

In fact, this was the case up until recently, when a naturalist-based paradigm has with the onset of neoliberalism, become uniquely prevalent across much of the world.

They value the importance of such a force in that it animates economic life […]. It is no surprise, then, that Fanfani should quote Antonio Genovesi and acknowledge the importance of his Lezioni di economia civile. On people because it ushers them to the excesses of passions; and on societies because, by leading men solely to their personal or domestic interest, it corrupts the public good in countless ways…because the profit of the merchant should not be confused with the profit of the State.

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