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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 1, January 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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Transcript w Christianity and III i Economic (risi CARL F. H. HENRY THE WHOLE REALM of economic life and activity has undergone staggering changes in modern limes, until it has pulsated with explosive tensions. That the world i- plagued by economic crisis is admitted today on all -ides. But if we ask this generation what constitutes the crisis in the economic world, the answers are many, and thev are not equallv profound. Many a pious business man wonders only bow best to reconcile self-interest and profits with the law of formal honesty under modern competitive conditions. Those who see larger issues debate the pro's anel con's of private monopolies or semi- monopolies, of the present distribution of materials and wealth, the question of private property or the profit motive, the present predicament of management and labor, or the issue of government in business. However important these concerns are. they are nevertheless only secondary phases of the crisis. . . . The real crisis in the realm of business and labor is the fact that the economic framework, taken alone and in isolation, is so widely regarded today as the ultimate area of decision for the recovery of man and the world. The disengagement of economic problems from the spiritual realm, the determination to find economic solutions while the religious problem is ignored or held in suspense, constitutes the prime crisis. . . . All schemes of economic recovery which isolate economic thought and be- rj i.i 11! By CARL F. H. HENRY Tli.I)., Ph.D., Professor of Theology uihI Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California havior from the spiritual and moral world cannol secure human well-being, because economic activity which is nol in the service of God gravitates to the service of the demonic. It makes no ultimate difference what economic scheme of recovery men put forward, nor what the practical differences may be lor a generation or two—if il proposes only economic changes to remedy the eco mimic disorders of our day. il perpetuates the worst of all disorders, the modern detachment of economic problems from the eternal spiritual and moral world. . . . ANALYSIS REQUIRED It is more than a matter of poor judgment to discuss the conflict between communism and capitalism solely on the economic level. It gives comfort to tin- Communist dogma that the primary decisions of human life are economic. It was Marx who referred the titles of life to economic determinism. . . . What communism sen- about God, man. and the world is the fundamentum from which its economic theory is forged. Only because communism rejects supernatural providence can it champion economic determinism. Only because' it denies the reality of God can it repose absolute property rights in the -telle. . . . The primary decision which communism demands even in the economic zone does not have to do with private property nor the profit motive, but rathe, is whether the inflexible law which controls human destiny is economic 01 spiritual, mechanical or moral, impersonal or personal, ('boose one alternative, and you musl rewrite Communist economics; choose the either, and you must get ready to apply tbe natural- istie view to every area of life -not only to economies, but to sex and marriage. to the state and culture, and to the whole range of space-lime realities. Tbe onlv effective wav to handle thc I .1 illiina lea li,,, '■111 isive '13 15 •omm SPIF Chr dogma thai religion is the working-Jmly I opiate is to show that Christian Blonde alone is the indispensable guaieui-hients the well-being of man. in the ecoibase. zone of life as we-ll eis everv olb''r' Chr will be' no trustworthy inlei ■pn'l'"eai ra the presenl economic crisis if you "he gi the merits or demerits of cedtiirtai theories on the silent assumption W'onot irrelevance or marginal reli'van'ci the spiritual ami moral ultimates- luetic, spiritual.moral dimension is th'he j, meiiv one. ami by it all the erotoorld. theorii's will be judged capitalisl*n|'» \ socialism and communism alike, •jlhke lhe- fundamental question i dressed to any of the professed *». Chr lives lei communism, before thejeimia differences are evaluated, i- whejjinful the approach lo the economic dweller there is ei genuine recognition ""lion objective re'eility of justice and thewents law, and of the priority of s|»;'",n,„ claims upon life. Tbe basic ipn's[',n vie not that of human dignity and in"' '.'"' rights, but the reality of rhaV'rive ' ill of I moral norms a ml the •i.,i:..i- ' •■!" theory which gives an um ration al Ibis point bus a right W *redie ilne. in advance the favor of Christian*10"' I'll,eil CHRISTIANITY AND TH* ^ COMMUNIST OPTION „'"r Communism champions a schtjroble economic solutions built on the f*fain of a supernatural God and divi"1 "-i.-a, mandments, and upon the rcjet* Just man's dignity as a spiritual ''rJ s with ultimate moral obligalioi therefore repudiates sin Whoever und^''1'"' that eommunism intends every**T m calculated collision with the K",'" objective morality and truth »''' "" ,n lo look for "elements of corajJV an s economics compatible with '• . ... ° itv." The question of "what v"l"fi tiamty nomic vision. nnmism aims to preserve is ..'. Page 26 mate one for anybody who £r el1,. Facts Forum News, Jantm^'m
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