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Book: Seeking the City

If you are up for some heavy reading, I have the book for you. It’s called Seeking the City, and it’s published by Kregel Academic.

Written by Chad Brand and Tom Pratt, Seeking the City is a look at economics from a Christian perspective. This is a study book, not a “let us read something fun” book.

The first point to make is this praise of the book: THEY USE FOOTNOTES!!! I whine about endnotes enough that I think I should praise the right decision when it’s made.

Under discussion here is how the Biblical concepts of justice and compassion work out in modern society. This is a heavily researched work, with good details.

Overall, Brand & Pratt’s work is well-grounded in Scripture. They approach from a position of Biblical certainty, and are not looking at whether or not the Bible can be trusted about practical matters. The goal is see what is said about these.

It does appear that Brand & Pratt come from a more politically conservative viewpoint, especially in the areas of government spending. They do work though some Biblically components that support the idea, and I find myself in pleasant agreement with them.

Brand and Pratt work through the overall periods of Western History to address how these have an impact on economics. There are more details the closer in history it reaches, but as is often the case, a separate knowledge of history is helpful.

All-in-all, you’ll need some coffee to stay focused, but this is worth reading as you develop a deeper view of economics than “no new taxes” or “tax the wealthy for everyone else.”

Free book received in exchange for the review. From Kregel Academic

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