Feature Article: Christian Literature on Economics

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ReadersMagnet recommends these five Christian works of literature on Economics

Sabbath Economics by Judith Wright Favor

Judith Wright Favor’s Sabbath Economics: A Spiritual Guide Linking Love with Money is a memoir and an economic guidebook rolled into one. In her amazing book, Favor imparts creative ideas to help readers find new solutions to old challenges and adversities. Here, readers are invited to discover contemplative money management that involves a shift from head-centered control to soul-centered attentiveness. For Judith Wright Favor, calling upon your Inner Guide is an art anyone can learn. Striving to know the power of meaning and purpose of life is essential if we want to pursue a life of success and fulfillment. Sabbath Economics features narratives that explore themes of slowing, owing, owning, consuming, sharing, neighboring, and belonging. It is written in a conversational form and is easy to digest. It is a recommended read for Christian business people and all those who seek guidance in their Christian life.

Christian Economic Ethics by Daniel K. Finn

Publish in 2013, Daniel K. Finn’s Christian Economic Ethics has become a popular guide for many Christian business people who want to understand more the history of Christian views of economic life. In his book, the renowned economics professor and former president of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Association for Social Economics, and the Catholic Theological Society of America shares his insight from pasts texts, including the Bible, the early Church, and several periods that have shaped today’s economy. Finn relies on social science, history, and theology to provide readers with a comprehensive view of how Christians viewed economic and social values throughout time. Christian Economic Ethics by Daniel K. Finn is also a remarkable journey back in time for history lovers.

Economics in Christian Perspective by Victor V. Claar

Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices is the complete title of Victor V. Claar’s Christian economic book, co-authored with Robin Klay. Both experts offer a more profound take on mainstream economic theory and policy recommendations and how Christian principles and values guide can influence a progressive and empowering economic system. With case studies that present economic and biblical ways of thinking about important public policy issues and everyday actual economic experiences, Economics in Christian Perspective by Victor V. Claar is a groundbreaking work. Economics affects all that we do in this life, and this work certainly covers many issues from politics, the balance of power, the poor, and even the environmental issues. It is a must-read book not only for Christians.

The Good of Affluence by John R. Schneider

Greed is one of the enemies of the Church. Today, greed is represented by the Capitalist model of economics. And yet Capitalism thrives, governing almost every aspect of society. So as Christians, how do we view modern Capitalism? The Good of Affluence by John R. Schneider reintroduces the discussion on proper Christian attitude toward money, wealth, and possession. More importantly, Schneider shares his insights on wealth with the realities of our modern economic world and challenges the common presumption that material affluence is inherently wrong. Using significant text from Bible Scriptures, he educates his readers to a more positive and objective understanding of economics, pursuing wealth, and a life of comfort while still embracing moral values and dignified existence. 

Christian Economics by Dale Anthony Pivarunas

Dale Anthony Pivarunas’ Christian Economics: The Integration of Capitalism, Socialism, and Laborism is a revolutionary economic book published three years ago. Pivarunas holds four degrees in mathematics, theology, business administration, and operations research, making him a qualified voice in Christian economics discussions. Pivarunas answers some of the most fundamental questions governing the teachings of the Church and our daily economic life. He explains how Christian Economics ‘promotes justice, fairness, balance, cooperation, and mutual respect within a business, economics, and politics. This model is based on three principles: good is to be done and promoted, and evil is to be avoided; love your neighbor as yourself, and treat each human being with absolute dignity.’

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