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C.S. Lewis’s take on the Modern Economic System still applies today.

March 8, 2010

I was reading today’s installment from C.S. Lewis’s The Business of Heaven, and was struck at how well it fits today’s situation as it did 50 to 60 years ago. Enjoy!

The Modern Economic System

“There is one bit of advice given to us by the ancient heathen Greeks, and by the Jews in the Old Testament, and by the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages, which the modern economic system has completely disobeyed. All these people told us not to lend money at interest: and lending money at interest – what we call investment – is the basis of our whole system. Now it may not absolutely follow that we are wrong. Some people say that when Moses and Aristotle and the Christians agreed in forbidding interest (or ‘usury’ as they called it), they could not foresee the joint stock company, and were only thinking of the private moneylender, and that, therefore, we need not bother about what they said. That is a question I cannot decide on. I am not an economist and I simply do not know whether the investment system is responsible for the state we are in or not. That is where we want the Christian economist. But I should not have been honest if I had not told you that three great civilizations had agreed (or so it seems at first sight) in condemning the very thing on which we have based our whole life.” – C.S. Lewis

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 7:04 pm

    Lewis is one of my all time fave writers…and not just his Narnia stuffs! I have a collection of his other writings, too. Do you like the Screwtape letters?

  2. March 9, 2010 8:53 pm

    Absolutely! All the Narnia stuff, “The Screwtape Letters” and “Screwtape Proposes a Toast”, “Mere Christianity”, “Surprised By Joy”, “Reflections on the Psalms”, “The Business of Heaven”, and of course, “The Great Divorce”. I have actually been doing an adult Sunday school class for the last several weeks on “The Great Divorce”. I believe Lewis is one of the greatest Christian apologists of the last century.

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