Capital Gains

Article by Diedre McCloskey

Any society, Christian or not, has both a sacred sphere and a profane sphere, a sphere in which love and obligation determine who gets what as against the sphere in which prudence and courage do so. And the two cannot be disentangled. We all live in families, and a church can be viewed from this …

Captialism and Christianity: Pulling on Both Oars

Article by Robert Bachelder

A battle has been joined that is reminiscent of an earlier episode in church history. Fundamentalists and modernists in the oldline Protestant churches once disputed the proper relationship between religion and science, or between scriptural revelation and a rationalist outlook inherited from the Enlightenment. That fight was resolved in favor of the modernists who maintained …

Communism’s Collapse: The Receding Shadow of Transcendence

Article by A.J. Conyers

"The year 1989," declared former U.S. Ambassador Jack Perry to our Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum, "will go down in history as annus mirabilis — a year of wonders." Many had thought, he continued, that communism and all the governments that flew that ideological banner would come to an end; but no one could have predicted …

Connecting Ministry with the Corporate World

Article by David A. Krueger

For some people religious life and business practice are integrally related in a creative tension. For others-both clergy and business professionals-the worlds of church and corporate life are galaxies apart, separated by ignorance, hostility, apathy, language, interests, values. But to profess Christ and participate in the Christian community requires us to affirm a connection between …

Economism as Idolatry

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

  From the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century nationalism was the dominant force in Western history. It took over from Christianity when Christian fanaticism plunged Europe into appalling and intolerable conflicts. The era of nationalism came to an end when it, in turn, plunged Europe and the whole world into appalling and intolerable conflicts. …

Food Fight

Article by Bill McKibben

Book Review: The Essential Agrarian Reader. Edited by Norman Wirzba. University Press of Kentucky, 256 pp.   The farmer’s diner in Barre, Vermont, serves the foods you would expect at a diner — ham and eggs, home fries, hamburgers, milkshakes. And it serves them at prices you would expect — the average check is about …

For Richer

Article by Paul Krugman

When I was a teenager growing up on Long Island, one of my favorite excursions was a trip to see the great Gilded Age mansions of the North Shore. Those mansions weren’t just pieces of architectural history. They were monuments to a bygone social era, one in which the rich could afford the armies of …