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The Creation of Wealth: A Christian's Case for Capitalism Paperback – July, 1985

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr (July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877845662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877845669
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Hayton on February 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
To many, the Christian community is clearly in a dilemma. On the one hand, Christians have decidedly acted and thought on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world. Many throughout the ages have assumed that more socialistic political economic systems would be of greater benefit for the poor and the oppressed. However, in the past fifty years, socialists and planned economic systems throughout the world have had a poor record of increasing the wealth of the poor. In contrast, however, market economies create wealth much more efficiently than either state-owned or state-planned economies, even though they don't explicitly act on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Even the huge welfare systems of contemporary capitalist economies have had devastating results on the poor, whereas the eras before the current welfare policies were enacted showed a marked increase of the wealth of the poor. Consequently, many Christians are now questioning their old assumptions, reexamining the ethical basis, as well as the theological, ideological and economic bases for capitalism and free market economies. Even though these economies appear to have the most benefit to the greatest number of people, how can the Christian justify the profit motive and self-interest, competition, apparent inequality, rampant individualism, and excessive "unemployment"?

InterVarsity Press has historically published almost exclusively left of center books in political economics. Last year, however, they published their first essay in the book, Wealth and Poverty, a free market persuasion written by Gary North. This year InterVarsity Press has taken a gigantic leap from their old position in order to publish The Creation of Wealth by Brian Griffiths.
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