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A Natural Law Approach to Economics, 4th ed.
The latest addition to the Boundary Stone line of high school social science textbooks. An update to Clarence Carson’s classic text in a new more usable format. Perfect for home schools, Christian high schools, and college general ed. economics courses.
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Dr. Paul Cleveland
Professor of Finance and Economics
Boundary Stone was started by Dr. Paul Cleveland. Working as a professor for over 35 years has allowed him to study and think deeply about issues of political economy. He has discovered ways to communicate these sometimes illusive concepts to today’s students, often through story telling, which makes understanding these principles more accessible to all of us.
Dr. Clarence Carson
Dr. Carson was a treasured mentor to Dr. Cleveland. As a well published historian, he left academia in his later years to devote his time to developing a social sciences curriculum for high school students. He believed that attempts to reinterpret all social sciences by applying a social version of evolutionary theory had caused writers of modern texts to wrongly abandon a recognition of the natural order of the created universe. His series of Basic texts approach the subject from a natural law perspective that is needed today more than ever. We at Boundary Stone are committed to keeping his textbooks in print.
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