Christian Virtues in Business: Why It's Better to Not Sell Your Soul




Krause, Lisa

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Discussions about Christian virtues and the good life rarely occur within or in relation to the business world. Rather, businesspeople are often typecast as being selfish, greedy and prideful. It is true that in many ways the business sphere encourages and rewards immoral behavior. However, in my thesis I will argue that it is not only possible to be a successful businessperson and a faithful Christian simultaneously, but that the Christian virtues help people find more success as a business professional. I will define and examine three vices: pride, greed, and selfish ambition, and discuss where and why they show up in the business world, what their opposing virtues are, and ultimately why faithful and virtuous Christians in business will find more success than the cliché greedy businessman.