Christina McRorie is Assistant Professor of Theology at Creighton University, and in 2020 is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Her research uses resources drawn from Christian theology and ethics, political economy, and economics to consider questions about moral agency and obligation in markets.
McRorie’s project develops the ambiguous category of “the world” in Christian thought, and uses this to examine contemporary capitalism as a context for moral agency. In particular, this project pushes back against two common views of agency, and of markets as moral contexts. The first of these focuses on the agent’s autonomous expression of preferences through choice, and construes markets as natural and/or supportive moral contexts; the second reacts against this by depicting markets as morally hostile, and agents as dramatically susceptible to their corrupting influence. Drawing upon resources from both mainstream and heterodox economics, McRorie’s project develops an analysis of economic life that is grounded in a theological anthropology attentive to the complex ways that agency and context interrelate.