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Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem Paperback – May 4, 2010
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“Jay Richards understands the objections to capitalism, and here explains why they do not convince him. The empirical findings revealed in Money, Greed, and God run against those objections.” (Michael Novak, Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute)
In Money, Greed, and God, Jay Richards shows us . . . a capitalism grounded in the truth about human beings as free, morally responsible, co-creators charged with dominion and stewardship of the earth by the loving God to whom we are all ultimately accountable. (Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President of the Acton Institute)
“Money, Greed, and God is both thoughtful and important.” (Washington Times)
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The good news about capitalism
Jay Richards presents a new approach 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Richards does say that readers might expect her to defend misers because of her praise of selfishness. He never says she did so. Here's what he says in the chapter on greed:
"Despite Rand's official praise of selfishness, however, John Galt doesn't look anything like Ebenezer Scrooge or that fat, cigar-smoking, tuxedo-clad guy in Monopoly. On the contrary, Galt is a pioneer, a brave creator of wealth who pursues his vision despite powerful obstacles, including a malevolent state bent on destroying him. In fact, although Rand despised Christian self-sacrifice, Galt is suspiciously Christ-like. He preaches a message of salvation, founds a community, challenges the status quo and official powers-that-be, who hunt him down, torture him, but ultimately fail to conquer him.
"To be sure, there are dissonant notes. His symbol is not a cross, but the dollar sign. The book ends with Galt and his lover tracing the sign of the dollar across a dry valley. But insofar as Galt's character works, it's because he contradicts the miserly stereotype that Rand's philosophy leads the reader to expect. In fact, none of Rand's best fictional characters fits her philosophy very well.Read more ›
To supply a little background, I hold a Theology degree, I am a CPA with a graduate degree in accounting, I have been active in the business world for several decades, have been a born-again, spirit-filled Christian since the early `70s, and consider myself a student of economics, entrepreneurship and business management. My review will reflect that background and borrow from my life's experiences that influence my findings.
It is my opinion that Jay Richards has spent a great deal of time considering his position. He clearly articulates his views and has addressed many of the concerns that Christians might have in attempting to synthesize an economic position that fits with their faith. However, in spite of the satisfaction derived by many of his Amazon book reviewers I believe some important influential arguments have not been thoroughly addressed. The case between communism/central control and capitalism/free markets would seem to be a "no-brainer". When compared with each other the benefits of capitalism certainly shine. My concern is that there is a tendency to stop one's thinking at this point. It may be that God has a system that transcends both communism and capitalism. They may not be the only two choices that Christians have.Read more ›
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Very well written. Wealth is not a pie, but can be created out of nothing. The income gap grows, but so what? Read morePublished 2 months ago by GLENN E. ROBERTS
This was just a perfect book. Well written and interesting while also providing insightful details and illustrations explaining how free markets are both good for society and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by W V S
The book is written so you don't have to be an economist or political scientist to understand. I think everyone of these pseudo- socialist wannabes should read the first chapter... Read morePublished 5 months ago by 2Old2Worry
Book was as expected and received in timely manner. No complaints.Published 9 months ago by Susan Taylor
I really liked this book. I usually have trouble understanding economics but I liked how the author explained different aspects of economics besides just capitalism. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Morgan Duplechin
a very important summary and introduction to the subject -- the morality of free markets and the objections of many to our systemPublished 10 months ago by Henry F
A much needed corrective to the (failed) statist-leaning tendencies of today's young Christians. RIchards' story is helpful especially in his recounting of how he was brainwashed... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Grimmy