Special Report: Faith & Economics
Thirty-two Christian leaders from business, political, cultural, and theological sectors have come together with The Washington Times and the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) to publish a special report on faith and economics, entitled, "Faith at Work: Economic Flourishing, Freedom to Create and Innovate." The report features opinion editorials from each leader and is printed inside today's edition of The Washington Times newspaper. Click here for a downloadable copy or visit The Washington Times website. The report will be distributed to some 10,000 leaders in Washington, D.C., including every Congressional office, and has the potential to reach millions in print and online.
From Sen. Tim Scott and Gov. Sam Brownback to Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr., Dr. Larry Arnn, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, these leaders - including pastors and business owners - advocate for an economic system that encourages key biblical principles of creativity, stewardship, hard work, and loving your neighbor.
"We do not believe that the Bible explicitly endorses capitalism or any other economic system," writes IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel in the report. "Yet the Bible has much to say about economic principles, and as Christians, we should embrace its wisdom as we make economic choices in our everyday lives. It should also lead us to embrace systems that are more closely in alignment with the principles expressed in the Scriptures."
The publication is a joint project of The Washington Times and the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics.
"The Washington Times, which has stood for the values of faith, family, freedom and service since its inception in 1982, is pleased to publish a special report on the importance of the free market to economic prosperity and human flourishing," said Larry Beasley, president and CEO of The Washington Times. "A project like this - which explores the merits of innovation, entrepreneurship, property ownership, and business models that faithfully encourage human potential - fits well with our mission to give distinctive and meaningful content to our readers."
The Washington Times special report is divided into four sections, "Foundational Themes," "Are Free Markets Too Costly?," "Why Not Socialism?," and "Markets with a Conscience." Following are its authors: Sen. Tim Scott, Gov. Sam Brownback, Hugh Whelchel, Dr. Larry Arnn, Dr. Arthur Brooks, Daniel Garza, Michael Novak, Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr., John Stonestreet, Dr. Jonathan Pennington, Dr. Jay W. Richards, Trey Dimsdale, Dr. Anne Bradley, the late Jack Kemp, Dr. Art Lindsley, Ken Eldred, Dr. David Kotter, Dr. Joshua Greever, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Rev. Robert Sirico, Lawrence W. Reed, Dr. Jesse Miranda, Fred Oaks, Ismael Hernandez, Ricardo Luna, Dr. Tom Nelson, David Durell, Mike Sharrow, Terence Chatmon, John Scott, Diane Paddison, and Pastor Christopher Brooks.