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Book recommendation for Christian DPers

I've just finished reading Jay Richard's (the apologetics guy) book 'Money, Greed and God'. Written in a popular style, yet resting on a full knowledge of Austrian economics and libertarian ideas, this is a very good explanation of how these two sets of ideas wed easily with Christianity - Catholic or Protestant. The book is based on demystifying 8 'myths' about the free market, with general and Christian objections to it. these include the zero-sum myth, the greed myth, and the usury myth (in this one he mentions the Salamanca school). It partly follows his own travels from Jim Wallis type leftism, plots a course safely around Ayn Rand, and delivers some interesting information, such as the invention of Kitty Litter!

Less than $10 + p&p on Amazon US
http://www.amazon.com/Money-Greed-God-Capitalism-Solution/dp...

£4 on Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Money-Greed-God-Capitalism-Solution/...

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I have not read it (yet), but one is "The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success" by Rodney Stark

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

"Who is this Babylon?" by Don

"Who is this Babylon?" by Don K. Preston

Here's a couple.

Billions for the Bankers, Debts for the People - Sheldon Emry

Heirs of the Promise - Sheldon Emry

Go ahead...Flame away.

If not for your own betterment, for the betterment of your argument you should do research into the opposition:

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
by Daniel Dennett

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
by Sam Harris

Why I am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
by Bertrand Russell

and of course RIP Hitch...

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens

We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. - Stefan Molyneux

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing. - Alan Watts

How I wish that Islamic fanatics were to check their premises

and become advocates of reality, reason, individual freedom for women as well as men, not to mention children, and give up their fanaticism.

It is easy to conclude that they have been indoctrinated by their culture, their parents, their clergy, and are in need of deprogramming.

Are you suggesting that the same is true of people of any religion?

I recommend Richard Dawkin's The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion

Thomas Paine The Age of Reason and Common Sense

George H. Smith: Atheism: The Case Against God

Andrew Dickson White's The History of the Warfare Between Science and Theology in Christiandom as well as his Fiat Money Inflation in France

And here is a link to many quotations of Robert G. Ingersoll:

http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/quotes/ingersoll.htm

Where did this concept "Check your premises!" come from? You will find it in Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand who proposed a philosophy for living on Earth, devoted to reality, reason and the concept that Man is not a sacrificial animal but has a Right to his or her own Life!

Enjoy!

No Man's need constitutes an obligation on the part of another man to fulfill that need.

The myth of a Christian

The myth of a Christian Nation: How the quest for political power is destroying the church:

http://www.gregboyd.dreamhosters.com/books/myth-of-a-christi...