Why the Biblical financial ideal seems to be one of self-employment, saving, and investing in the lower middle class. Explains why I reject Republican capitalism; and I’m moving in the direction of a Biblical capitalism, which requires financial limits, ethical behavior, and generosity to the poor (David Chilton, Productive Christians, p. 40). A new book title for my e-book could be Biblical Economics: Wesley and the Puritans on Money. This would be a practical guide for Christians, who want to have an economic view, that has been brought fully under the lordship of Christ.
My view aligns the most with Gary North in Wealth and Poverty: Four Christian Views of Economics, but I think Art Gish provides him with some necessary corrections, particularly in the area of living off the land and abandoning Corporate America and competition: see Gish’s book Beyond the Rat Race. Gish is more of a Jesus hippie.
1. Puritan Economic Experiments – this is how I became convinced that working at home is the Christian ideal.
2. Economic Commentary on the Bible: Proverbs – Solomon was the wisest and richest man in the world during his time; and Gary North comments on his economic proverbs. This is good stuff.
3. An Introduction to Christian Economics – I haven’t read this yet, but it looks very systematic.
4. Productive Christians by David Chilton – This book was admired by Gary North as the go to place for a Christian view of economics.
Another book I’d like to look at is Craig Blomberg’s Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions.
Puritan and Early Methodist Views of Economics
Baxter, Richard. A Christian Directory. Soli Deo Gloria Pub.
Kingdon, Robert. “Laissez-Faire or Government Control” in Church History.
MacArthur, Kathleen. The Economic Ethics of John Wesley. Abingdon Press.
Ryken, Leland. Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were. Chs. 2, 4. Zondervan.
Tawney, R. H. Religion and the Rise of Capitalism. Mentor Books (Penguin).
Steele, Richard. The Religious Tradesman. Hess Publications.
Valeri, Mark. “The Economic Thought of Jonathan Edwards” in Church History.
Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Penguin Books.