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Money, Guilt and God

May 25, 2010

Some books like those of Eugene Peterson derive their greatness by the debth and profound insight that the author brings to a familure subject. Other books are great because they introduce a brand new stream of thought and reflection that challenges basic assumptions that had never been criticly considered. This is the case with Money, Guilt and God by Jay W. Richards published by HarperOne. In this very readable book a combined economist/theologian with a strong sense of humor attacks head on 8 “myths” about economics from a christian perspective including the most basic question, Can a Christian be a capitalist? Jay interacts with writers from the christian economic left with whom he disagrees but does so with great civility and grace. The content rests on very solid historic, Biblical and economic research. Caution: do not expect this book to support a “consumerist culture” of self indulgence for instead the book argues for successful capitalism to help “the least of these” that Jesus spoke of. The non-negotiables are mercy, justice and humility, this book argues the best way to get there is capitalism not socialism. This is a great book especially in the current world situation, buy a copy, read it and then pass it along to a friend or two.

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