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Tracing the Roots of Globalization and Business Principles by Lawrence A. Beer

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Chapter 8

Religion and the Exchange Process

Spiritual belief doctrines and the systems built around them are collectively known as religion. The Latin word religio comes from the verb religare, meaning to bind, while the word relation is rooted in referre, to refer and create a link to provide orientations for guidance. The term “religion” therefore refers to ties or binds to principles that define our relationships with fellow human beings, as well as revered deities and the environment. The exchange process, and its mature descendant the commercial trade system, is a natural fundamental social relationship required by people to survive and hence a subject worthy of a religion-based determination. It is therefore valuable to include a series ...

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