What Christians should know about (basic) economics
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What Christians should know about (basic) economics

Note: This is the first post in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics.

For the past two years I’ve been rolling out a series of posts that attempt to define and explain a range of economic terms from a Christian context. The goal of the series is to provide Christians with a basic level of understanding that will help us think more clearly about how to apply our faith commitments to economics and public policy.

But for Christians to understand how faith applies to these areas we must first understand the basics of economics. So starting today as a corollary to the “What Christians Need to Know About Economics” series I’ll be posting new videos each week that explain general economic concepts. Whether you learned this material in school (and have forgotten) or never learned it at all, you’ll likely be helped by watching these videos.

(If you find the pace of the videos too slow, I’d recommend watching them at 1.5 to 2 times the speed. You can adjust the speed at which the video plays by clicking on “Settings” (the gear symbol) and changing “Speed” from normal to 1.25, 1.5 or 2.)

In this first video, economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok of George Mason University explain how we can use economics to explain much of what we encounter in our daily lives.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).