Herman Bavinck on love, economics, and the reformation of society

When we think about markets, we often think only in terms of mathematics or money. But at a deeper level, markets are simply networks of human relationships. When we participate in economic activity, we aren’t just creating wealth; we are forming communities, cultures, and civilization, partnering with God and neighbor in a divine exchange of gifts, blessings, and love. Continue Reading...

Beyond mere affluence: Embracing Isaiah’s posterity gospel

“This is where the church needs to be: going to every part of the world of mere affluence and turning it into a vineyard.” –Andy Crouch In a recent essay in The Atlantic, William Deresiewicz expressed concern that the rise of “creative entrepreneurship” would mean “the end of art as we know it,” fearing that capitalism’s expansion of creative empowerment would mean “the removal of the last vestiges of protection and mediation” for higher ideals of beauty and truth.  Continue Reading...

How a universal income could discourage meaningful work

In his popular book, Coming Apart, Charles Murray examined the key drivers of America’s growing cultural divide, concluding that America is experiencing an “inequality of human dignity.” Such a divide, Murray argues, is due to a gradual cultural drift from our nation’s “founding virtues,” one of which is “industriousness.” “Working hard, seeking to get ahead, and striving to excel at one’s craft are not only quintessential features of traditional American culture but also some of its best features,” Murray writes in his chapter on the subject. Continue Reading...

What you should know about Jubilee Years

The Year of Jubilee, by Henry Le Jeune (1905)   One of the earliest economic programs mentioned in the Bible is the Year of Jubilee. In the Jubilee Year, as William Baur explains, all land would automatically revert to its original owner (Leviticus 25:10; 25:13), and those who, compelled by poverty, had sold themselves as slaves to their brothers, should regain their liberty (Leviticus 25:10; 25:39). Continue Reading...