Christianity and Business

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: Christianity: Ethics and Business. Christians Business People. Syllabus:

Christianity Ethics and Business

“Whatever you want people to do to you, do to them too, this sums up the law and the prophets.” Christian Golden Rule.

The subject “Christianity” consists of twelve parts:

  1. Introduction to Christianity
  2. Denominations of Christianity
  3. Christianity in the World
  4. Catholicism
  5. Protestantism
  6. Orthodoxy
  7. Other Christian denominations
  8. Western Christian Civilisation
  9. Christian business people
  10. Christian spiritual leaders
  11. Christian intellectuals and personalities
  12. Atlantic slave trade and slavery: its relationship with Christianity

1- Introduction to Christianity.

  1. Christianity
  2. Jesus of Nazareth
  3. Christian Church
  4. Dogmas of Christianity
  5. Gospels
  6. Ten Commandments: The pillars of the Christian Ethics
  7. Teachings of Sermon on the Mount.
    - Love
    - Non-Violence
  8. Christian Golden Rule
  9. Capital and social sins and the Christian moral

2- Denominations of Christianity

Denominations of Christianity

  1. Catholics
  2. Protestants
  3. Orthodox
  4. Other Christian denominations

3- Catholicism

Catholicism Ethics and Business

The Subject “Catholicism” consists of six parts:

  1. Introduction to Catholicism
  2. Catholic Church
  3. Eastern Catholic Churches: Maronites and Chaldeans
  4. Catholicism in the World: Africa, America, Asia, and Europe
  5. Case Study: Caritas
  6. Catholic business people
  7. Prominent Catholics
  8. Catholicism and the Western Christian Civilisation

4- Protestantism

Protestants Ethics and Business

  1. Introduction and basics of Protestantism
  2. Protestant Ethic
  3. Protestantism in the World
  4. Quakers
  5. Calvinists
  6. Presbyterians
  7. Methodists
  8. Baptists
  9. Pentecostals
  10. Protestant business people
  11. Prominent Protestants
  12. Protestantism and the Western Christian Civilisation

6- Other Christian denominations.

  1. Anglican Church. Justin Welby
  2. Mormons

7- Christianity in the World

Christianity in the World

  1. America
  2. Europe
  3. Africa
  4. Asia

8- Western Christian Civilisation

  1. Economic and cultural areas of the Western Christian Civilisation
  2. European Economic Area
  3. American area
    1. North American
    2. Latin American
    3. The Caribbean
  4. Oceania area
  5. The Processes of economic integration in the Western Christian Civilisation
  6. Economic relations with the other civilisations

9- Christians Business People.

African Christian businesswomen.

  1. Isabel dos Santos
  2. Folorunsho Alakija
  3. Cheryl Carolus
  4. Divine Ndhlukula
  5. Mimi Alemayehou
  6. Amini Kajunju

African Christian Business People.

  1. Patrice Motsepe
  2. Orji Uzor Kalu
  3. Sifiso Dabengwa
  4. Cyril Ramaphosa
  5. Mike Adenuga
  6. Strive Masiyiwa
  7. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma

American Christian Business People.

  1. Philip Anschutz
  2. Truett Cathy
  3. Ray Hunt
  4. Howard Ahmanson
  5. Thomas Monaghan
  6. Steve Strang
  7. Carlos Slim
  8. Antonio Moraes
  9. John Marinho
  10. Luis Sarmiento

European Christian Business People.

  1. Amancio Ortega
  2. Vladimir Potanin
  3. Yelena Baturina
  4. Alexander Lebedev

Arab Christian Business People.

  1. Onsi Sawiris
  2. Nadhmi Shakir Auchi
  3. Nayla Hayek

10- Christians Spiritual Leaders

Some Christians Spiritual Leaders

  1. Leo Tolstoy
  2. Albert Schweitzer
  3. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  4. Martin Luther King
  5. Vincent Ferrer
  6. Hans Kung
  7. Desmond Tutu
  8. Henry Thoreau

11- Other distinguished Christians (Summary).

  1. H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Chairperson of the African Union)
  2. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize)
  3. Leopold Sédar Senghor
  4. Joseph Ki-Zerbo
  5. William Wilberforce
  6. Victor Schoelcher
  7. Elikia M'Bokolo
  8. Théophile Obenga
  9. Harriet Tubman
  10. Toussaint Louverture
  11. Marcus Garvey

Appendix. Transatlantic Slave Trade: its relationship with Christianity (Summary).

Subject objectives:

  1. To learn the fundamentals of Christianity
  2. To analyse the various Christian denominations (Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodoxy)
  3. To understand Christian ethical principles
  4. To analyse the figures of the Christian spiritual leaders, Businessman, and Christian
  5. To know the distribution of Christianity in the World
  6. To learn about the fundamental role of Christianity in the Western Christian Civilisation
  7. To analyse the economic areas of the Western Christian Civilisation and their processes of economic integration and its relationship with the other civilisations
The subject “Christianity: Ethics and Business” is studied...
  1. Doctorates: Religion and Business, America, Europe, Africa
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, America

Learning materials in English or Spanish Cristianismo French Christianisme

Orthodoxy is analysed in another module

Orthodox Ethics and Business

“He went about doing good.” Acts 10,34

Sample of the subject - Christianity
Christianity Ethics Non-violence

Harmony of Religions Ahimsa Business

Description of the Subject: Christianity: Ethics and Business:

With a history of 2,000 years, Christianity is the religion that has more followers, 2,300 million followers worldwide, followed by Islam (1,977 million) and Hinduism (950 million). Approximately there are 7,000 millions of people Worldwide, i.e., approximately:

One-third of humanity is a Christian.

Christianity is spread worldwide. In 1910 (according to PewForum) had about 600 millions of Christians, 66% of Christians lived in Europe.

However, today Europe represents only 26% (565 million) of Christianity, America (37%, 804 million) surpasses Europe, Africa has 24% (516 million) of Christians, and the Asia-Pacific region has 13% (285 million). From this point of view:

Christianity is probably the most globalised of all religions.

Christianity shares spaces with virtually all world religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. This privileged position should be one of his strengths, and thus a key player in the inter-religious dialogue and the pursuit of Global Ethics. This geographic diversity allows us to understand Christianity better.

Christianity is lived very differently by a Catholic from the Philippines or Spain, by a Russian Orthodox or by an American Protestant. In many countries and regions (especially in Africa) it should be taken into account also the syncretism with animist religions. Christianity is present in the historic opulence of the Vatican, but also on a mission in Central America.

The Christian Civilisation has seen the birth of great holy men (St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Teresa of Calcutta, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Schweitzer, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Martin Luther King, Vincent Ferrer, Hans Kung, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King), but also has led to the emergence of the great Satan of the history of humanity (Hitler, Stalin) These Satan have emerged when a totalitarian state has replaced religion.

Dogmas Christianity

We must be able to differentiate the simple message of Jesus, based on love, on the actions committed by the Church throughout its history; we must be able to prosecute these actions as fruits of the human being. Only thus; we can understand the beautiful message of Christianity:

Love, non-violence, social justice, and peace among men.

“Love is patient and kind.
Love does not envy; love does not boast; it is not proud.
It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fails.” Corinthians 13:4-8

We must never forget that all three religions of the book, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism have common roots: The three are monotheistic - share the same God, are “historical-prophetic” religions and ethical principles are very similar.

Like Judaism and Islam, Christianity is a historical religion, focused on the figure of one of the spiritual geniuses of humanity: The Jewish Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus shares many principles with other great spiritual geniuses of history. Almost all of them left nothing written, did not have or reneging of their possessions, surely they did not know writing; we hardly know anything about their lives, especially of his youth. Moreover, none of them wanted to create any religion; they were primarily reformers.

Jesus, like Buddha, Mahavira, Mohammed or Lao-tse, brought a message of liberation, of renewal, based primarily on Non-violence and love of neighbour, a true social revolution.

“Love your neighbour as yourself” Luke 10:27

The concept of Christian love should be a fundamental component of a global ethic.

It is important to reflect that we have so little information about his life, and today, 2000 years later, the spiritual figure which most people worship in the World.

Moreover, it is also important to be aware that both Hinduism (900 million) as Muslim (1977) consider him a holy man.

“He has sent down upon you, the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. Moreover, He revealed the Torah (law of Moses) and the Gospel of Jesus (Isa), as a guide to humanity, and he sent the criteria between goodness and badness.” Holy Qur'an, Sura 3

“The same God was revealed, incarnate in Christ, speaking through the Prophet Muhammad, or like Vishnu the Preserver or Shiva the Finisher” Sri Ramakrishna

Catholics, Orthodox, and Copts, share the same seven Sacraments.

  1. Baptism: removes original sin of man
  2. Holy Eucharist: The Body and Blood of Christ are received.
  3. Confirmation of the Christian faith
  4. Penitence: repentance and confession of sins to a priest for forgiveness from God.
  5. Anointing of the Ill
  6. Sacerdotal order: only for those who will form part of the Church
  7. Marriage

Samples - Christianity

Carlos Slim Mexican Businessman

Amancio Ortega (Spanish Philanthropist)

Christianity in America

Folorunsho Alakija Nigerian Businesswoman

Vladimir Potanin (Russian Businessman)

Philip Anschutz Presbyterian Businessman

Mimi Alemayehou Ethiopian Businesswoman

Christianity Golden Rule

Pentecostals Business and Ethics

Ray L Hunt Methodist Businessman

Strive Masiyiwa (Zimbabwean Businessman)

Justin Welby Canterbury

Christianity in Europe

Christianity in Asia

Leo Tolstoy Non-violence

Desmond Tutu Peace

John Marinho Brazilian Businessman

Luis Sarmiento Colombian Businessman

Mike Adenuga Nigerian Businessman

Thomas Monaghan Catholic Businessman

Vicente Ferrer Christianity

Hans Kung Global Ethics

Religions and business

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