Christianity and Capitalism: An Interesting Discussion [6-26-14]


A very interesting debate took place in the NYTimes this morning that is worthy of investigation. It pivots around theological perspectives concerning the status of capitalism—free enterprise or free markets capitalism—viewed through Christian theological lens in relation to a politically defensible understanding of the common good.

Includes Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, and Michael Novak, erstwhile Roman Catholic defender of capitalism as morally compelling, and other serious Christian thinkers.

No attempt is made to defend free enterprise capitalism as comprising the very heart of religion, ethics, and politics. In other words, capitalism is not itself the common good of a political order, but neither is it easily dismissible or replaceable for a larger theological understanding of the production and distribution of many goods.

Worth a long read and discussion.



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