How I got interested in the relationship between Christianity and economics

I listened to all the lectures of this course by the Christian philosopher Ronald H. Nash. He presents a view of economics that is consistent with the laws of logic and the Bible. And this course is comprehensive. I’ve moved on from Dr. Nash’s course to read F. A. Hayek and Thomas Sowell. And I found that Dr. Nash’s course was excellent preparation for these more advanced books.

Take a look at some of the topics:

  • the role of the government in regulating commerce
  • the meaning of justice
  • capitalism and socialism
  • interventionism vs free market capitalism
  • introduction to economics
  • marxism
  • wealth and poverty
  • liberation theology and the religious left
  • judicial activism vs legal positivism
  • pollution
  • public education

You can grab the lectures here.

A little blurb about Dr. Nash

Nash taught theology and philosophy for four decades at three schools. He was chairman of the department of philosophy and religion and director of graduate studies in humanities at Western Kentucky University, where he was on faculty from 1964-91. He was a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary from 1991-2002 and at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1998-2005.

Nash wrote more than 35 books on philosophy, theology and apologetics, including “Faith & Reason: Searching for a Rational Faith,” “Life’s Ultimate Questions” and “Is Jesus the Only Savior?” Nash received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University; his master’s degree from Brown University; and his undergraduate degree from Barrington College.

From this Baptist Press article.

8 thoughts on “How I got interested in the relationship between Christianity and economics”

    1. Oh brother. I don’t think any of it talks about theonomy! He is a Calvinist and a free market supporter, but I don’t recall him mentioning this, although it’s possible he is a theonomist. He is not a pre-suppositionalist or a young-earth creationist.


  1. Well the subject titles just weren’t real descriptive of what parts of the Bible he was drawing from. I’ve been looking at a real good book lately called “Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt-Manipulators” which goes through economic topics in different sections of the Bible. So I was just wondering to what extent his ideas were backed up by Bible verses.


    1. When I was listening to it, I felt it was VERY mainstream. I’m asking some of my Calvinist friends about his views right now. I have about 4 of his books but never read anything about theonomy.


    2. Imo, theonomists often go overboard. Our society obviously differs in numerous ways from ancient Israel so we have to take that into account when we look at the Old Testament. (e.g., Should we necessarily require two eyewitnesses for a conviction when we have DNA analysis and other technology?) But at the same time, the basic free-market structure and relatively weak government established by Moses still provides strong support for capitalism and conservatism.


      1. NO! I just listened to the first lecture and NASH IS NOT A THEONOMIST. He talks about theonomy IN THE FIRST LECTURE! (About 10 minutes in). He explains that these people are trying to deduce laws and policies and other things from the Bible, including economics, environment, etc. He does NOT agree with them, and he says it in the first lecture. Anyway, Nash calls theonomy “the deductive approach”.


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