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

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

by Jay W. Richards


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ISBN-13: 9780061900570
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 499,761
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a contributing editor at The American magazine ( and the Enterprise Blog ( at the American Enterprise Institute. Richards has been featured in the New York Times and The Washington Post, and he has appeared on Larry King Live. He also has lectured on economic myths to members of the U.S. Congress.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Introduction: Can a Christian Be a Capitalist? 1

1 Can't We Build a Just Society? 9

Myth no. 1 The Nirvana Myth (contrasting capitalism with an unrealizable ideal rather than with its live alternatives)

2 What Would Jesus Do? 33

Myth no. 2 The Piety Myth (focusing on our good intentions rather than on the unintended consequences of our actions)

3 Doesn't Capitalism Foster Unfair Competition? 59

Myth no. 3 The Zero-Sum Game Myth (believing that trade requires a winner and a loser)

4 If I Become Rich, Won't Someone Else Become Poor? 83

Myth no. 4 The Materialist Myth (believing that wealth isn't created, it's simply transferred)

5 Isn't Capitalism Based on Greed? 111

Myth no. 5 The Greed Myth (believing that the essence of capitalism is greed)

6 Hasn't Christianity Always Opposed Capitalism? 135

Myth no. 6 The Usury Myth (believing that working with money is inherently immoral or that charging interest on money is always exploitive)

7 Doesn't Capitalism Lead to an Ugly Consumerist Culture? 157

Myth no. 7 The Artsy Myth (confusing aesthetic judgments with economic arguments)

8 Are We Going to Use Up All the Resources? 183

Myth no. 8 The Freeze-Frame Myth (believing that things always stay the same-for example, assuming that population trends will continue indefinitely, or treating a current "natural resource" as if it will always be needed)

Conclusion: Working All Things Together for Good 209

Appendix: Is the "Spontaneous Order" of the Market Evidence of a Universe Without Purpose? 217

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 227

What People are Saying About This

Michael Novak

“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.”

Robert A. Sirico

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest burdens of being wealthy and Christian are the constant misnomers and misunderstandings of having money and the responsibilities of Stewarding money. There are millions of wealthy people accomplished in making money with emptiness in their lives that are misled to think money is their problem. Jay brings to light commonly taught economically principles such as "the unseen hand" as being secular ways of teaching what are really God's Principals in action. Eventually you can see Capitalism in it's genuine form as the best system on Earth to foster these Biblical principals. This book will bring enlightenment and the encouragement to Steward wealth and bring purpose and truth to anyone blessed with money or on the path to making it.
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