Saint Thomas Aquinas and Adam Smith in a Time of Pandemic
By Elise Amez-Droz, a staff writer at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
A recent panel discussion shows how using both economics and theology can help us better advance the common good.
Do economics and theology need each other? This was the question posed to experts with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Catholic University of America’s Institute for Human Ecology in a recent panel discussion.
These days, the two fields are rarely considered at the same time, but the intertwining of the two disciplines has a rich intellectual history that is now finding new light. For instance, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), himself a Catholic, has cited Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as a framework for economic policymaking that promotes the common good.