Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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

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MONEY, GREED, AND GOD: WHY CAPITALISM IS THE SOLUTION AND NOT THE PROBLEM by Jay W Richards HarperOne, 255 pages, $24.99

Jay W Richards channels the spirit of Michael Novak and provides a basic introduction to how and why a Christian can be a capitalist. Because man is made in die image of a creative God, he has die potential to create and multiply wealth. The core components of capitalism- free exchange, limited government, private property- allow this potential better dian any alternative system. Although he shows diat self-interest is not necessarily selfish, Richards also explains diat die market can, in fact, channel selfish actions into positive outcomes. Responding to such critics as Ron Sider and Jim Wallis, Richards argues that die creation of wealth helped by economic freedom and the rule of law provides the best means of raising the poor out of poverty, in contrast to governmentbased redistribution of wealth or regulations of minimum wage. …

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