Redeming Capitalism? (Review of Kenneth J. Barnes, Redeeming Capitalism)

Human Action and God

Kenneth J. Barnes, Redeeming Capitalism. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2018. xiv + 233 pp. Foreword by Miroslav Volf.

Capitalism is a subject, not an object. … Capitalism is nothing more than the result of countless individual and corporate decisions and for good or ill, the capitalism we have is the capitalism we have chosen; its redemption rest on the choices we are yet to make.

This is how Kenneth J. Barnes, a senior international executive and now holder of the Mockler-Philips Chair in Workplace Theology and Business Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, opens his new book on “virtuous capitalism”. The outline of the book is simple. After discussing the effects of the 2008 financial crisis (introduction and chapter 1), he takes the reader on a tour of the historical evolution of capitalism, covering pre-capitalist economies (chapter 2), the work and thought of Adam Smith (chapter 3), Karl Marx’s critique of…

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