The Ethics of Business Corporations: A Possible Lutheran Contribution

Stewart W. Herman

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1990

Issue: Christ and Culture(s) (Vol. 10, No 4, Fall, 1990)

Business corporations are the central vehicles of economic action in the United States yet contemporary Lutheran theology has had little to say about the corporation as an institution. This article will apply some key concepts in Lutheran theological ethics to explore how the church might address this vigorous institution in North American life. Two important relationships will be analyzed: that between the corporation and its employees, “organization ethics”; and that between the corporation and its social environment, often prescriptively termed “corporate social responsibility.”

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