by Jay W. Richards
Jay Richards presents a newapproach to capitalism, revealing how it's fully consistent with Jesus's teachings and the Christian tradition - and our best bet for renewed economic vigor.
Money, Greed and God exposes eight myths about capitalism - including the notion that capitalism is based on greed - and demonstrates that a good Christian can be a good capitalist.
Table of Contents:
List of Figures and Tables
-- Introduction: Can a Christian Be a Capitalist?
-- 1. Can't We Build a Just Society?
-- Myth no. 1. The Nirvana Myth (contrasting capitalism with an unrealizable ideal rather than with its live alternatives)
-- 2. What Would Jesus Do?
-- Myth no. 2. The Piety Myth (focusing on our good intentions rather than on the unintended consequences of our actions)
-- 3. Doesn't Capitalism Foster Unfair Competition?
-- Myth no. 3. The Zero-Sum Game Myth (believing that trade requires a winner and a loser)
-- 4. If I Become Rich, Won't Someone Else Become Poor?
-- Myth no. 4. The Materialist Myth (believing that wealth isn't created, it's simply transferred)
-- 5. Isn't Capitalism Based on Greed?
-- Myth no. 5. The Greed Myth (believing that the essence of capitalism is greed)
-- 6. Hasn't Christianity Always Opposed Capitalism?
-- Myth no. 6. The Usury Myth (believing that working with money is inherently immoral or that charging interest on money is always exploitive)
-- 7. Doesn't Capitalism Lead to an Ugly Consumerist Culture?
-- Myth no. 7. The Artsy Myth (confusing aesthetic judgments with economic arguments)
-- 8. Are We Going to Use Up All the Resources?
-- Myth no. 8. 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?