This week I picked up a book recommendation I heard a while ago during a sermon by Joseph Morecraft in his Proverbs series. The author is the late David Chilton whose works I’m greatly indebted to and his keen insight on economics, theology and eschatology have tremendously helped shape many of my beliefs. The title is “Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators” a biblical response to a “christian scoialist” named Ronald Sider.
This book of was written in 1981 as a critique of Sider’s book “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger” which was embedded with scoialistic dogma and guilt manipulating. Chilton manages to go through all the arguments by Sider and critique them in a biblical, gentle and many times comical way.
Chilton starts off the main chunk of his book by laying down the biblical model of economics while responding to some of Sider’s points.
He defines capitalism firstly as someone investing capital in business and secondly a belief in the free-market. This he insists will only be a blessing to us if and only if we are obedient to God’s law. The more we conform to the teaching of God’s law the more blessing will we incur both individually and corporately.
He further goes through immigration laws and what the biblical solution is…loans, usury and charity, foreign aid, tariffs, advertising, slavery and comparison of worldviews, namely that of Christianity and Hinduism, wherein the former has a progressive linear outlook to life and the latter a cyclical one and sets out to prove that that is the reason why the West is prosperous while the East is held back and dwarfed.
On pg. 103 he humorously yet truly defines Sider’s economic position as “Tender-Hearted-Elimination-of-Free-Trade” aka THEFT aka socialism.
On pg. 263 he quotes Schumpeter who defines socialism thus, “that organization of society in which the means of production are controlled, and the decision on how and what to produce and on who is to get what, are made by public authority instead of by privately-owned and privately-managed firms.”
All in all this book is another must read for a thoroughly Christians outlook to economics and a scholarly work at that. The book is 400 pages depending on if you read the glossary or not. Take a week or two to finish this as it is a very important read, and I promise you that it won’t be boring as Chilton is a brilliant and humorous writer.
I gave this book a 5/5 stars!