Book review by Ryan Helfenbein, The Gospel Coalition
(Review written in 2012) Already this presidential race has provoked countless controversies. The party conventions exposed a diverse range of value systems, worldviews, and religious convictions regarding marriage, sexuality, sanctity of human life, and human dignity. Various factions clamor to define the future of our nation. And the ongoing jobs crisis perhaps makes economic debates more germane and inescapable than ever.
Economics is a science of moral behavior and freedom. It is the telltale of our greatest values—for better or worse. Though many books have been written on economics proper, fewer have attempted to distill economic principles in terms understandable to the common reader. Defending the Free Market is the latest of such works from Father Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty (est. 1990).