Category Archives: Economics

Review: The Gulag Archipelago

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. The Gulag Archipelago: A Literary Investigation I-II. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1974 [1973]. Few books are written with raw, electric energy. Solzhenitsyn’s work can only be labeled as a testimony to the 20th century and its … Continue reading

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Review: Grudem, Politics According to the Bible

Grudem, Wayne. Politics According to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010. This book was a pleasure to read. It combined warm piety with robust, pinpointing analysis. It addressed almost every relevant issue. As it was written in 2010, it is … Continue reading

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Grudem on Economics: Govt and the Poor

Whenever someone says “The Rich should pay their fair share,” probe them on it.  What does “fair” mean? We’ll get to that. Does the Bible support this? It does not.  It says “to impose a fine on a righteous man … Continue reading

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Grudem on Economics

From Politics According to the Bible. Thesis: The Bible defends a system where property belongs to the people (262).  This is implied in 8th commandment. “On reason why communism is so incredibly dehumanizing is that when private property is abolished, govt … Continue reading

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The Future of Love (Milbank)

I’ve been critical of Radical Orthodoxy in the past.  I think it’s ontology mutes all distinctions, or wants to anyway.  Nonetheless, John Milbank is just fun to read.  And check out his twitter account. Tweets by johnmilbank3 I’m posting this … Continue reading

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The Promise and Challenge of Proto-Modern Politics

O’Donovan, Joan Lockwood.  Bonds of Imperfection. Question and Problem: What is the inner logic of liberal democracy? O’Donovan suggests that it stems from a specific anthropology (138). More, it is an ‘economic anthropology,’ but not economics in the sense of mere … Continue reading

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Bonds of Imperfection (O’Donovan and O’Donovan)

O’Donovans, Oliver and Joan Lockwood. Bonds of Imperfection: Christian Politics Past and Present.  Eerdmans, 2007. I’ve read this book more than any other book over the past eleven years.  Each essays is a Master’s course in social ethics.  With all the … Continue reading

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Review: Social Justice and the Christian Church (Nash)

This book isn’t quite the violent beat-down of the Sojourners guys that David Chilton’s was, but it’s close. It was a pointed response back then; it is a desperate cry today. As church groups are falling, or about to fall, … Continue reading

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The South Might have Wanted Out of Slavery

Not the whole South, certainly, but the most important state, Virginia. https://ia801208.us.archive.org/2/items/historyofslaver00blak/historyofslaver00blak.pdf “In the year 1772, a disposition favorable to the oppressed Africans became very generally manifest in some of the American Provinces. The house of burgesses of Virginia even … Continue reading

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A Primer on Hoffman’s *Usury in Christendom*

In addition to my longer review of Hoffman’s Usury in Christendom, I have this primer as well. The Argument Against Usury (1) God is the supreme owner of land and leases it to men (Hoffman 30). (2) The idea of just … Continue reading

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