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Listen: The Christian case for capitalism

The Institute of Economic Affairs explores the ethical argument for a free economy – and why Christians are not making it. In the latest episode of its podcast, an Anglican priest and a Catholic scholar discuss that question, as well as Archbishop Justin Welby’s homily against Amazon, Jesus’ supposed condemnation of wealth, and why clergy tend to support government intervention into the economy.

Fr. Marcus Walker, Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church (COE) in London, speaks with Religion & Liberty Transatlantic contributor Philip Booth, an IEA senior fellow.

“One of the problems here,” said Fr. Walker, is “ we have not made the ethical case for the free market, or for capitalism, for the last 30 years. I think that we felt that this fight was won with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and actually since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ethical case has gotten even stronger. There has never been a greater decline in poverty across the world than we have seen since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

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Rev. Ben Johnson is a senior editor at the Acton Institute. His work focuses on the principles necessary to create a free and virtuous society in the transatlantic sphere (the U.S., Canada, and Europe). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History summa cum laude from Ohio University and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.