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Capitalism Defended PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 05:05

John Wilson, Editor of Books and Culture, a splendid Christian literary magazine, writes, "On some subjects I have an embarrassment of riches when I start looking for potential reviewers. On other subjects, the reverse is true. One of the latter is labor history (not thriving in Books & Culture circles, alas, though a lot of bright young people are writing dissertations about the evils of capitalism)."

My reading confirms  "a lot of bright young people are writing ... about the evils of capitalism"- and that among these bright young people are Evangelicals.  I am not glad they are buying into anti-capitalism.  I agree that many capitalists are guilty of evil.  I agree many have done evil in the name of Capitalism.  I agree that Capitalism as currently practiced by many can be a source of evil in the world, but that is because of human sin and the failure of personal moral character.  Greed and exploitation are not inherent in Capitalism as such.  It not only is not evil in itself, but it incorporates Biblical Principles more than any other economic system and Christians should value Capitalism and work to make it work, infusing it with love and the concept of service and stewardship which, of course, are also Biblical Principles.     Capitalism including Private Property, the Profit Motive and a Free Market are the best long range solution to Poverty that there is.  I respect Michael Novak's argument-

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REPOST: Many Progressive Christians believe in "Jubilee Economics". Is it Biblical? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 02 February 2009 22:08

THE JUBILEE [THE 50th SABBATH YEAR]  Leviticus 25

There are those who use  Leviticus 25 as the main basis for what they call  “Sabbath or Jubilee Economics”  This is said to be an economy of enough, an economy of economic equality, an economy that rejects private property, an economy that is not based on a free market and the profit motive.  These commentators insist this is Biblical Economics.  Are they correct?  Read this Essay and decide for your self.

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A Theology of Work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 18 October 2008 17:37
                 Jesus said to them, "my Father is always at his work ."  -John 5:17

“In the beginning, God created”, i.e.- God worked.  This is the first thing said in the Bible about God’s activity.  God is a worker.  Work is intrinsic to who God is.
Human beings are the image or likeness of God.  That means (among other things) that working is intrinsic to our nature.  We were created to work.  Working is an essential part of who we are as human beings. This means that working is not a curse or the consequence of the Fall.  Working is good.  Working has inherent value and meaning and dignity. The person with the most seniority, power and authority in the universe, God, never ceases working (cf John 5:17) Work is not something to “get out of” or to avoid by delegating it to others. Human beings may retire from employment, but should never strive for retirement from working itself..  To cease working would be to cease being fully human- to miss meaning and purpose in living.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2008 17:51
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What the Bible teaches about Money PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 14 October 2008 18:48
The common understanding of money is simple: Money is a neutral means of exchange for goods and services.  “I want this [money] for these [goods or services]“ or “I will give you this [money ] for those [goods or services].” The Scripture clearly understands money to far more than that.  Money is absolutely nor neutral.  It is a power.  See Matt 6:24

Jesus makes the comparison: Money is a “god”, with the name of “Mammon“. He said people can not serve (worship and obey) God and Mammon.  It will be one or the other.  Mammon is not an indifferent thing made of paper or gold that can be counted, sorted, bundled and stashed away. Money wants to be our Master, our all and end all, controlling our lives.  It gets this power from us.  We bestow it.  We are made to worship and obey the one true God and refuse to do so.  We meet our inner need for  God by creating another one, such as Mammon (there are others).  Once created, human faith in it (and dependence on it) grows.  Though it is really only a means of exchange it assumes a life of its own and becomes far more.  It takes over our lives and becomes a living god of our own making. Every thing people say about God,  they say about Mammon: we love it, want it, can’t live without it, would die for it- or kill for it.  We must have it. (See my Essay on Idolatry available elsewhere on this website.)
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Biblical Basics about Wealth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Tuesday, 14 October 2008 18:45
1.  God owns everything, including the earth and all natural resources.  He is the ultimate property owner.  All wealth comes from God.  All of it.  This truth is absolutely fundamental to the Biblical concept of Wealth

1 Chron. 29:1 David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly, … ‘Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, for ever and ever. 11Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. 14 …For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have … comes from your hand and is all your own.

2.  God created Human Beings to enjoy His creation.  It is good.   They are to be caretakers of His property, developing all its resources and the wealth derived from them.  As Stewards, human beings will be held accountable for how well they do this.   

3. There are God-given conditions and responsibilities attached to all Wealth.  It is to be developed and used according to His Law.  The Model for all of this is Israel.
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