Is it possible to “abolish all property rights”?
Have you ever thought about the fact that your labor is your property?
What happens to communal bicycles on a college campus?
It seems that the moral fabric of our culture is undergoing some major reconstruction as many voices today declare we should all accept behavior that has for centuries been deemed as immoral.
Should whatever is the currently accepted morality be the basis for our laws?
What is positivism?
Who popularized this view of what laws we should adopt?
Is cost/benefit analysis the best way to determine what should be law?
Is there a better way?
In the first chapter of Genesis we are instructed that all people are created in the image of God and have been given a mission to have dominion over the animals and subdue the earth (subdue is a translation of the Hebrew kabash, which means here to make the earth useful for human beings benefit and enjoyment). We know, of course, that
Do we need government?
What does it mean to be free agents?
What does the Apostle Paul say is the purpose of government?
How does politics affect government?
How does government redistribution destroy freedom?
How does government redistribution of wealth destroy community?
How does free trade promote community?
In a country as wealthy as America, should the government redistribute some of the wealth to help out those who are struggling?
If we vote on it, and the majority of the people think it is a good idea, does this justify taxing away from some to give it to others?
What do economists mean when they say we live is a world of scarcity?
Don’t we just have too much stuff?
If you could accomplish anything you wanted in your life, what would that be?
What is the invisible hand?
How does a nation’s wealth grow?
Who was Adam Smith?
In Romans chapter twelve the Apostle Paul tells us not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. The question I would like to raise is, “What does this look like in practice?” At the core I think we can all agree that it means we should be students of God’s Word. That is, God is calling us to know His Word. However, I think the admonishment goes beyond this. Indeed, we must be able to apply the principles of Scripture to the various facets of daily life if we are to fully implement the command. In this regard, I’m afraid that we may well be falling far short of our duty.
One might ask the question, why would I want to use an American Government textbook that was written twenty years ago? It is because this is a text that is sorely needed today. Read a little of Dr. Clarence Carson’s Preface, and ask yourself if this is not an endeavor worth the time and effort of your students. These principles, truly understood, will prepare them for their future:
What does morality have to do with economics?
What about people who cheat and steal from others?
What was Moses saying when he said we were made in the “Image of God”?
What are the implications?
One common goal of Christian educators is to prepare their students for college. As part of this preparation, many teachers endeavor to prepare their students to take the AP exams in various disciplines. Moreover, parents are likely supportive of this practice since successful passage of those exams can earn college credit, thus reducing the number of courses needed to graduate and, in turn, saving the parents tuition dollars. What could possibly be wrong with this practice?