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Money, Greed, and God Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem

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ISBN-10: 0061900575

ISBN-13: 9780061900570

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jay W. Richards

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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Richards (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) is a research fellow and director of institutional relations at Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, MI. He has published articles in philosophy of religion (Religious Studies), theology (Christian Scholars' Review) and science (Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith). His books include The Privileged Planet (Regnery, 2004), Are We Spiritual Machines (Discovery Inst. Press, 2002), The Untamed God (IVP, 2003), and Unapologetic Apologetics (IVP, 2001)..

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Can a Christian Be a Capitalist?
Can't We Build a Just Society?
The Nirvana Myth (contrasting capitalism with an unrealizable ideal rather than with its live alternatives)
What Would Jesus Do?
The Piety Myth (focusing on our good intentions rather than on the unintended consequences of our actions)
Doesn't Capitalism Foster Unfair Competition?
The Zero-Sum Game Myth (believing that trade requires a winner and a loser)
If I Become Rich, Won't Someone Else Become Poor?
The Materialist Myth (believing that wealth isn't created, it's simply transferred)
Isn't Capitalism Based on Greed?
The Greed Myth (believing that the essence of capitalism is greed)
Hasn't Christianity Always Opposed Capitalism?
The Usury Myth (believing that working with money is inherently immoral or that charging interest on money is always exploitive)
Doesn't Capitalism Lead to an Ugly Consumerist Culture?
The Artsy Myth (confusing aesthetic judgments with economic arguments)
Are We Going to Use Up All the Resources?
The Freeze-Frame Myth (believing that things always stay the same-for example, assuming that population trends will continue indefinitely, or treating a current "natural resource" as if it will always be needed)
Conclusion: Working All Things Together for Good
Appendix: Is the "Spontaneous Order" of the Market Evidence of a Universe Without Purpose?
Acknowledgments
Notes