- Series: Studies in Ethics and Economics
- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books; 2 edition (January 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739188003
- ISBN-13: 978-0739188002
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Studies in Ethics and Economics) 2nd Edition
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The book is part an explanation of the Austrian point of view, which rejects evidenced-based economics that relies on natural experiments and is instead in favor of principles derived by reason and logic. . . .[Wood's] arguments offer a guide for Catholics who . . . reject Pope Francis’ condemnation of the global economic order. (Fortune Magazine) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Thomas E. Woods Jr. is the author of theNew York Times bestsellerThe Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. He has written over 150 articles for popular and scholarly periodicals and is a frequent commentator on radio and television.
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After reading Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si", I started writing commentaries on specific paragraphs of that document. I really wanted to go back and refresh myself with a primer on Austrian economics, but written from a Catholic perspective as to the authority of the Pope on matters that seemed to go beyond his realm of "faith and morals." Thus I recently purchased the Kindle version of Dr. Woods book, "The Church and the Market" in order to clarify my own thinking regarding the Pope's recent encyclical.
I find now that I have reread this book, that it is far more than a "Catholic" book. Although Dr. Woods does a masterful job of tying in the teachings of the Church on social justice with his primer on Austrian economics, I find that first and foremost, this book is a primer on Austrian economics. I highly recommend this book to any non-Catholic as their second book on Austrian economics. The first book I would recommend is "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt, in order to understand the critical point that in order to do a clear economic analysis, one must consider what is unseen with what is seen. Once you understand that concept, it is time to pick up this book!
I love reading Dr. Woods, and have several of his other books. He writes in a way that is both clear and concise. He has that rare gift among writers in that he writes for laymen, and is easily understood. He gives excellent examples of common ordinary items or situations to explain economic laws, and the points that he tries to make about them. I highly recommend any Thomas E. Woods book that covers any subject in which you have an interest. I find all of his books enjoyable, and difficult to put down.