Monday, May 30, 2016

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Anne Bradley of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics has written a new booklet entitled Be Fruitful and Multiply: Why Economics Is Necessary for Making God-pleasing Decisions. In an interview of Bradley about the booklet she identifies the economics of Ludwig von Mises as a body of thought Christians should get to know. As she notes, even though Mises was not a Christian,
[H]is insights were really powerful. He observed the way humans behaved. He saw that there were a couple things that were needed to drive humans to act. One is that they need to feel uneasy with their current situation. They see there can be a better state, so they need to be looking into the future. And they need to see a way to get to that better situation. He understood that humans were purposeful, but fallible. So for him, it was “how do you think about that in the bigger picture of constructing a society that lets people seek their ends and try to maximize their own benefits?”

It sounds like an excellent primer on the importance of economics for Christians who seek to make wise choices on a daily basis and who desire to love their neighbor as themselves.

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