WORK AND PROSPERITYIN CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
A Beka Book
- Strongly pro-free market
- Briefly contrasts supply-side
vs. demand-side economics
- Supports gold standard; misses its Biblical basis and implications
- Explains unions' anti-competitiveness; defends right-to-work
- Questions value of antitrust
- Little on Austrian School view that central bank interest rate manipulation, not capitalism, causes "business cycles"
- Notes unscientific, neo-socialist agendas in environmentalism and "global warming" orthodoxy, and flaws in Malthusianism
- Supports free trade; rejects supranational vetoes on national policy as humanistic revolts against divine sovereignty
ECONOMICSFOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
Bob Jones University Press
- Strongly pro-free market
- No clear contrast of supply-side versus demand-side economics
- Neutral on gold standard versus paper money
- Little on labor unions' adverse economic effects
- Conflicted treatment of antitrust
- Prefers the Austrian theory of "business cycles," that increases in the money supply cause general booms and busts
- Says special interests often trump public interests in public policy, and politicians are as selfish as private entrepreneurs
- Gives sound advice on Christian business issues involving entering into partnerships, and borrowing and lending money
What might these Christian Economics texts stress?
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Humanism makes either society or the individual sovereign, subordinating the
one to the other. In economics this means government control or libertarianism. The former's goal is to
We will not
have this man
reign over us.
redistribute wealth to the state; the latter's, personal freedom. Redistribution kills productivity. Without virtue, freedom dies. The first brings want; the second, anarchy. Both are suicidal.
Government control promises humanistic security, an oxymoron, a rejection of divine sovereignty, of God's Word, of Jesus Christ. For such apostasy
the Bible predicts insecurity – dwindling
And ye shall
cry out in that
of your king
which ye shall
have chosen you;
and the Lord will
not hear you ….
I Samuel 8:18
property rights, debased money, oppressive taxation – as sovereign rulers shift wealth and
power to themselves, persuasive proof of the non-humanistic origin of Scripture.
Libertarians often agree with specific Biblical economic principles. Yet they err in thinking these deny only government sovereignty over property, taxation, money. In fact these
I will walk
for I seek
deny all sovereignty
to any human entity. They maximize happiness because thus saith the Lord,
not because they
they do that).
… versus …
In the Trinity, unity
and plurality are
equally ultimate and
neither subordinate. The Godhead is not inferior to the three Persons, nor they to the Godhead. The Word of God being
That they all
may be one;
as Thou, Father,
art in Me [Christ],
and I in Thee,
that they also
may be one
in us ….
both a divine Person (Christ) and divine Truth (Scripture), human unity and individuality are also equally ultimate and neither subordinate when man obeys Biblical principles.
The same specific Biblical economic principles bind human government today as absolutely as Jesus Christ is God's only-begotten Son. If they can change over time, become obsolete, no
thy word is
settled in heaven.
longer apply, the Word of God Himself can evolve and we may have new Christs, other Saviors, a Trinity in flux. The finality of God's written and Personal Word stands or falls together.