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Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem

Recorded on May 6, 2009

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Does capitalism promote greed? Can a person follow Jesus's call to love others and also support capitalism? Was our recent economic crisis caused by flaws inherent to our free market system? Jay Richards presents a new approach to capitalism, revealing how it's fully consistent with the Christian tradition, while also showing why this system is our best bet for renewed economic vigor.

The church is bombarded with two competing messages about money and capitalism. The first message is that wealth is bad and causes much of the world's suffering; the second is that wealth is good and God wants you to prosper and be rich.

Richards exposes these myths and other common misconceptions about capitalism, and reveals the surprising ways that capitalism is, in fact, the best system to respond to the biblical mandates of alleviating poverty and protecting the environment. Money, Greed, and God equips readers to take practical steps in their own lives to conduct business, worship God, and serve others without falling into the "prosperity gospel" trap.

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D has held leadership positions at the Discovery Institute and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and is currently a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is the executive producer of the documentaries The Call of the Entrepreneur (PBS and FOX Business News) and The Birth of Freedom (2009). Richards has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has appeared on Larry King Live and other national media.