ECON 214- D03
Christian Ethics Project 2
1. From a Christian perspective, why did Marxist communism fail?
From a Christian perspective, Marxist communism failed because of the atheistic qualities. Marxist communism didn’t allow people to practice their religious beliefs. Marx’s social system also wouldn’t allow people to take home their own earnings, making everyone have the same earnings, wiping out inequality (Stapleford, 2009, p. 62). “The weakening of property rights for the rich or the talented also endangers the property right of the remainder of society and undermines economic growth” (Stapleford, 2009, p. 62). The lack of economic growth is ultimately what led to Marxist communism failing.
2. Which is a more Christian form of government, democratic capitalism or democratic socialism?
I believe democratic socialism is the more Christian form of government. It benefits all people, rich or poor and everyone is looked at as equals. It protects the working class and weakens power from corporations and also shares the wealth between everyone rather than some people having more than others.
3. What functions does government have to undertake because of fallen human nature?
The government has enforced laws for everyone to abide by because of our sins resulting in the fallen human nature. The people who try to get away with unforgiveable actions such as murder are put through trial to seek justice for their wrongdoings and put in institutions like prison for a long time. By doing this, the government protects their citizens from people who don’t know the differences between right and wrong so we don’t have to live in fear.
4. Should Christians concern themselves with regulatory activities of the government? If so, what areas of regulation are most significant?
Christians should concern themselves with the activities of the government. Laws are getting passed such as same sex marriages and Christians are against those kinds of activities....
References: Stapleford, J. E. (2009). Bulls, Bears, and Golden Calves: Applying Christian Ethics in Economics (2nd ed). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
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