There are flaws in a free market because the market reflects the sinfulness of its users—a subject BreakPoint listeners are familiar with. And we’ve often argued that capitalism can’t survive without a conscience, without the reflection of Christian truth in the market. Sirico stops short of declaring a free-market system "biblical," but he argues that it is the system most compatible with biblical values and principles when tied to religious faith.
Because material creation is good and human work and effort are good, Christians ought to see business as a holy calling. Jesus—Immanuel, God-with-us—is with us in our corporate boardrooms, our factories, and our stores.
For further reading and information:
Rev. Roberto A. Sirico, "The Entrepreneurial Vocation," Markets & Morality 3, No. 1 (Spring 2000).
Learn more about the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.
Michael Novak, Business as a Calling: Work and the Examined Life (Free Press, 1996).
"Christians in the Marketplace," a Christian Mind in the New Millennium III conference, took place April 4-6, 2003, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO. At this BreakPoint worldview conference, speakers discussed the role of Christian worldview in today’s business sector and marketplace, how businesses should apply ethical standards to their practices, and how our work should be viewed as a calling—an opportunity to serve God in our business. (An audiocassette set is also available.)
Charles Colson, How Now Shall We Work? (BreakPoint, 2001).
Read more about Paul Tillich and his writings.
Juan de Mariana, S.J., translation by Patrick T. Brannan, S.J., "A Treatise on the Alteration of Money," Markets & Morality 5, No. 2 (Fall 2002).
"Religion, Economics, and the Market Paradox," Religion & Liberty 12, no. 1 (January/February 2002).