Recently Read: Six ways that capitalism fails the church

RecentlyReadMorgan Guyton unpacks a blog conversation on whether capitalism has failed the church:

It’s possible to navigate the free market system without worshiping the market. The problem is that passive participants in the capitalist market do end up making it their god insofar as they allow the market to determine the value of the created objects in our world in place of God.

via Six ways that capitalism fails the church | Mercy Not Sacrifice.

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Wes Andrews

Agreed. This list has very little to do with capitalism, and more to do with insensitive people who call themselves Christians, but who refuse the call to love and serve.

Phil Griffin

I don’t think the 6 failures listed have anything to do with capitalism, but I suppose it provided a good backdrop for the author to make 6 points. Capitalism is an economic system where the means of production is controlled by private interests with a goal to make a profit. I recommend reading The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution by Barry Asmus & Wayne Grudem. Perhaps a review on this book would be of interest to readers and instructive to the author. Peace.

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