Dr. Leonidas Tzonis on Max Weber, the Greek financial crisis and Greek Orthodoxy

4 November 2016, 12:00 am


Dr. Leonidas TzonisDr. Leonidas Tzonis, Assistant Professor of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic American University, was a featured speaker at a recent international conference on "History and Orthodoxy: Methodological Concerns and Ecclesial Consciousness in the Management of Crisis". The Conference, which was held at the Monastery of Timios Prodromos in Serres on October 28-30, 2016, was organized by the joint Master's degree program in Ecclesiastical History of the Schools of Theology of the National and Capodistrian University of Athens and the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

In his talk, Dr. Tzonis explored the role of denominational identity in economic development and economic crisis. Drawing on a critical reading of Max Weber's work on the Protestant work ethic and his analysis of the structures and values of the Greek economy, he began by noting that the common features between Greece and the other Eurozone countries under economic adjustment programs were not so much structural as faith-related, all being predominantly non-Protestant countries. His talk went on to explore the relations between the Greek economy and the particular characteristics of Greek Orthodox identity.

Image: Dr. Leonidas Tzonis