An Economic Commentary on the Bible - download pdf or read online
By Gary North
An fiscal remark at the Bible, a 31-volume exposition in a single e-book:
(Pre-published model, non-proofread with personalized cover.)
Genesis (2 vols.)
Exodus (6 vols.)
Leviticus (4 vols.)
Numbers (1 volume)
Deuteronomy (4 vols.)
The Bible mandates loose marketplace capitalism. it really is anti-socialist. - Gary North:
The essence of democratic socialism is that this re-written model of God's commandment: "Thou shalt no longer scouse borrow, other than by way of majority vote."
"Economic democracy" is the approach wherein wolves and a sheep vote on what to have for dinner.
Christian socialists and defenders of financial making plans by way of country bureaucrats deeply resent this interpretation in their moral place. They resent it simply because it really is accurate.
When Christianity adheres to the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces loose industry capitalism.
On the opposite hand, whilst Christianity rejects the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces socialism or a few politically run hybrid "middle approach" among capitalism and socialism, the place politicians and bureaucrats make the massive judgements approximately how people's wealth should be allotted. fiscal development then slows or is reversed. Always.
Free industry capitalism produces long term financial development. Socialism and middle-way financial interventionism through the country produce poverty and forms. in the event that your aim is to maintain bad humans bad, iteration after iteration, you have to advertise socialism. yet ensure that you do name it financial democracy in an effort to idiot the voters.
The Bible is an anti-socialist rfile. Socialist propagandists for over 4 centuries have claimed that the Bible teaches socialism, yet we've but to work out a unmarried Bible statement written by means of a socialist. If the Bible teaches socialism, the place is the expository evidence?
When I say that the Bible mandates an ethical and felony social order that necessarily produces unfastened marketplace capitalism, i've got the proof to again up my place. My critics -- critics of capitalism -- do not.
The subsequent time you pay attention anyone say that the Bible teaches something yet loose marketplace capitalism, ask her or him which Bible observation demonstrates this. you'll get a clean stare by means of loads of verbal tap-dancing approximately "the final ethic of the Bible" or "the upholding of the bad within the Bible." you'll be given loads of blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah isn't a sound replacement for biblical exposition.
Fact: There hasn't ever been an expository Bible remark that exhibits that the Bible teaches whatever except loose marketplace capitalism.
Beginning in April, 1973, i started writing a verse-by-verse remark at the economics of the Bible. the 1st essay, on Genesis 1:26-28, seemed within the may well, 1973 factor of the Chalcedon Report.
An financial remark at the Bible had by no means been tried earlier than. I speak about in simple terms these passages that relate to economics.
No one sooner than me had ever tried to jot down a Bible remark on a particular educational self-discipline. i'm hoping mine turns into a version for others.
I have persevered engaged on this venture ever in view that. I restricted my writing to 1 essay per thirty days from 1973 to 1976. starting in the summertime of 1977, i started operating 10 hours a week, 50 weeks according to 12 months in this project.
I wanted each minute.
I accomplished the posting of the full sequence, 31 volumes, in August 2012.
Written through Gary North
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As I wrote in my study of the biblical basis of money: “In short, money is the most marketable commodity. ” 9 The covenant is the judicial ordering principle in the Bible, even reﬂected in the names Old Covenant and New Covenant (Heb. 8:13). We take communion under the authority of God’s covenant (I Cor. 11). Sinners take communion under Satan’s covenant (I Cor. 10:20– 21). We eat the tree of life or the forbidden tree. Covenant is an inescapable concept. There is no escape from covenants. The question is: Which covenant?
What I demonstrate—or, better yet, what I allow modern economists to demonstrate for me—in Chapter 5, is this: applied secular economics is as epistemologically barren as theoretical secular economics. This may not prove the existence of a uniquely Christian economics, but it does prove that modern secular economics cannot possibly be valid, given the explicit presuppositions of modern economics. Conclusion In this book, I begin with God’s covenant, not humanism’s covenant. I argue for methodological covenantalism, as opposed to humanism’s methodological individualism (anarchism)—nominalism—or methodological holism (socialism)—realism.
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