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.
For now, though, the OWS movement seems to be winding down. Maybe it’s just because it’s cold outside. But many commentators suspect that it is because the protestors don’t have enough horsepower to create a movement.
Dr. Fred Schwarz’s classic work on communism has recently been updated and revised by Summit’s own David Noebel. Endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Norm Geisler, and Tim LaHaye, this work couldn’t be more timely.
“Beware lest any man take you captive through vain and deceitful philosophy, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” — Colossians 2:8
The 20th century is the praxis of this verse. Western Civilization in general and the United States in particular have embarked on a hazardous journey of rejecting and replacing Christ with any number of mortal men and their ideas. Since ideas have consequences the 20th century has witnessed the consequences of these utopian schemes and ideas.
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.