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Why This Site?

Are Christianity and Capitalism even compatible?  The United States’ Founding Fathers thought strongly so.

Our Founding Fathers had a tremendous collective knowledge of Christian theology, government institutions, and the human mind.  They viewed Christianity and Capitalism as the dual tenets to underpin the Great American Experiment.  Subsequently, they wrote profusely of these tenets.  (More of these writings later.)

Both of these tenets would bring its own characteristics to the new Republic.  Christianity would bring the moral values of moderation, sacrifice, charity and creativity.  Capitalism would bring the principles of entrepreneurship and efficiency of resources.

Together Christianity and Capitalism would not only hold one another in equilibrium, but would exponentially enhance each other.  These tenets would allow our country to become the greatest that had ever existed in global history.

There is a thrust by members of our society to undermine both Christianity and Capitalism.  Though atheistic and socialist thought has been around for a long time, there seems to be, as of late, a greater initiative to steer America away from the very tenets that made it great.

What I would like to do with this site is examine Christianity, Capitalism, Socialism, and Atheism from historical, economic and philosophical perspectives.  With these perspectives, I would like to bring to light the reasons for our Founding Fathers impassioned beliefs and concurrently the reasons for our citizenry’s modern beliefs.

Thank you for visiting.

5 Comments

  1. J.C. Stafford wrote:

    Thank you for this amazing website. This is a message all Americans could benefit from. With GOD’s help we will not lose our way. Proverbs 26:11

    Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
  2. Ralph Henderson wrote:

    Let’s skip what you think the founding fathers saw (most historians hold a strong opinion against yours) and skip to what Jesus taught. “Do not not store up for yourselves treasures on earth”. Matthew 6:19-21.
    “Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow…I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father”..Matthew 5:42-45.
    Of course He goes much further, but this does not hold with capitalism or our current government at all. Guess what He said the final judgment would be like. “I was hungry and you did not feed me, thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” This is Jesus version of the great judgment and it’s all about helping those in need. And one more quote from the Lord Jesus “unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”. Heed the warnings and teachings of Jesus.

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Permalink
  3. kenfen wrote:

    Mr. Henderson,
    Please see my response to your comments at Was Jesus A Socialist? Part II.
    Kind regards,
    Ken

    Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink
  4. Chris wrote:

    The problem is that the “Founding Fathers” were not divinely inspired and just because they coupled Christianity and capitalism together does not mean the arrangement works out for those who actually want to live in accordance with Scripture.

    I’m also pretty sure there is nowhere in Scripture that promotes “entrepreneurship”, though being a good steward (efficiency of resources) is commanded. But we all know our current system of capitalism isn’t about being a good steward, it’s about hoarding up resources for short term consumption with no thought for sustainability and true stewardship.

    Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink
  5. kenfen wrote:

    Chris,
    Thank you for your comments.

    Nor can I prove that our Founding Fathers were inspired. But the result of our nation’s prosperity, its stand against evil, and its citizens’ drive for world evangelism, sure make the Founders Fathers seem inspired!

    I know many persons, including myself, that are Capitalists and live (though not perfectly) in accordance with Scripture. I receive wealth as the fruit of my labor and I bless my own family AND others with it. You would have to tell me WHY you think Christianity and Capitalism are mutually exclusive.

    Entrepreneurship is indeed explicitly promoted in Scripture:
    Ecclesiastes 5:19 … For every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
    Psalms 128:2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you.

    Entrepreneurship is also implicitly acknowledged by the invocation of “business honesty” commands (I.E. Do not use dishonest scales when trading. Do not move your neighbor’s property marker.). There are also entrepreneurs in Scripture whom God blessed with further wealth (Jacob, Job).

    As I have written before, there are some people who abuse Capitalism. This happens when God is removed from it. But Socialist experiments have proven far worse (with 100 million people dead in the 20th century to prove it!).

    Kind regards,
    Ken

    Friday, February 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

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