C.S. Lewis’ Prophetic Words Speak to Our Economic Woes

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The following is a quote from C. S. Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity (HarperCollins, 1952). It needs no preface or explanation…

There is one bit of advice given to us by the ancient heathen Greeks, and by 5200_cslewis.jpg5200_cslewis.jpgthe 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…Three great civilisations had agreed…in condemning the very thing on which we have based our whole life. (p. 85)

(So how does this relate to worship, you ask? A worshiping people — who worship Him in a God-honoring way, that is — are a prudent people who listen to wisdom….)

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