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Why the Socialist Option for Urban Problems Will Never Work

Christopher Brooks Urban Apologetics

As a pastor who understands the power of God’s justice, Christopher Brooks worked tirelessly to further the biblical worldview in his urban context, building healthy relationships between people of every race, nationality, and socio-economic class. With the growing anger around race relations in the U.S., this excerpt from Pastor Brooks’ recent book would provide thoughtful insight into the issue. 

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Fighting Poverty: Why Redistributing Wealth Doesn’t Work … and Four Things That Do

Fighting Poverty: Why Redistributing Wealth Doesn’t Work … and Four Things That Do

The rich are getting richer. To many, this growing gap is a threat to our nation’s well-being. In December 2013, President Obama called rising income inequality “the defining challenge of our time” and suggested that the growing wealth of those at the top is what is preventing those at the bottom from improving their standard of living. Some assume that because the Bible condemns greed and commands that we help the poor, we ought to support government programs that redistribute wealth. But good public policy demands that we move beyond good intentions and face the facts about what does — and does not — help lower-income families succeed. 

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Is Income Inequality a Cause of Poverty in America?

Is Income Inequality a Cause of Poverty in America?

In December 2013, President Obama called rising income inequality “the defining challenge of our time.” The top 1 percent own around 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Should Christians be concerned about the rising income gap between the highest and lowest earners in the United States? Are the rich making too much money? Is income inequality an inherent wrong that must be set right? 

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ObamaCare Discourages Work – Why That Should Matter to Christians

ObamaCare Discourages Work – Why That Should Matter to Christians

The CBO has estimated that President Obama’s healthcare law will significantly reduce the total number of hours Americans work. Work is a basic human good that should be incentivized by our churches, our communities, and our government. Our nation’s laws should reflect the dignity and the necessity of work, which is a key aspect of human flourishing. 

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What’s So Bad about Marxism?

Karl Marx

One of the big issues I’ve wrestled with during the Understanding the Times revision is how relevant some of the worldviews we’ve looked at in the past actually are to our own time. Marxism, for example. When I tell people we need to take Marxism seriously as a worldview competitor to Christianity, I get a lot of eye-rolling. Here’s part of my introduction to the chapter, which I intend as a gentle but insistent response to this line of response. 

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Socialism, Capitalism, and the Bible

Socialism, Capitalism, and the Bible

Which choice then should I, as a Christian, make in the selection between capitalism and socialism? Capitalism is quite simply the most moral system, the most effective system, and the most equitable system of economic exchange. When capitalism, the system of free economic exchange, is described fairly, there can be no question that it, rather than socialism or interventionism, comes closer to matching the demands of the biblical ethic. 

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There Is No Economic Crisis: Reflections on a Financial Meltdown

There Is No Economic Crisis: Reflections on a Financial Meltdown

For the past couple of months the United States has been experiencing what we are told is an economic crisis. Indeed, stock markets are down considerably and the jobless rate is rising. Financial institutions are closing and the overall economy is slowing. While the blame game is in full gear, the average citizen is left in a fog to sort through the rhetoric. What to make of it all? What is the cause of our financial woes? And what is government’s role in fixing it? 

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God and Government

God and Government

It seems that all we hear from the campaign trail is constant bickering, blaming the other party for whatever the current national bad news happens to be, and personal attacks on political opponents. These tactics obscure the real issues and cause many Americans to grow weary of the rhetoric. To cut through the fog of political spin we need to get back to the basic ideas that are foundational to good government…  

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