As a follow up to my review of the movie Wall Street, I encourage you to check out Scott Rae’s thoughts on capitalism. Scott is one of my profs at Talbot School of Theology and a very good thinker. He was recently interviewed about his new book, The Virtues of Capitalism, at the EPS (Evangelical Philosophical Society) Blog. Here’s an excerpt:
The Bible upholds the pursuit of self-interest (“look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others,” Phil. 2:4) and even mandates it in places (where Paul cautions the Thessalonians that “if you don’t work you don’t eat,” and that if you don’t take care of your family, you’re worse off than most people. There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of self-interest, moderated by concern for others, and nothing wrong with being successful, moderated by generosity. We also hold that the mandate to care for the poor suggests that capitalism, properly functioning, is the best hope for the poor around the world.