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.