Everyday exchanges of ideas, goods, and time made by people are fundamental for life. This article explores exchange relationships of different kinds and maintains that they are an essential and common component of economic activity and of Judeo-Christian morality. Although risks and costs must be faced, individuals and regions can become better off through self-interested trade and investment exchanges. Jesus tied exchange behaviors to what life is like in the kingdom of heaven and to the spiritual well-being of individuals.
Francis S. Tannian and John E. Stapleford, "Exchange Matters: Perspectives from Social Capital, Neighborhoods, and Modern Culture," Journal of Markets & Morality 8, no. 2 (Fall 2005): 415-434