“Economic issues entail first and foremost a stewarding of resources,” says J. Daryl Charles in this week’s Acton Commentary. “To properly understand this task, we must begin with the doctrines of creation and providence.”
Our mandate, based on creation (which has not been overturned or altered), is that we co-create (with God, based on the imago Dei, his likeness); that we develop, shape, and extend what God has called into being. Therein we utilize the endless and varied resources that he has placed at our disposal, in addition to our personal gifts and abilities. Principles of stewardship, it needs to be emphasized, flow from and are anchored in the doctrine of creation. According to the Genesis narrative, humankind is to develop as coregents all that God has created.
The full text of the essay can be found here.