Contributors include Denis O. Lamoureux, John H. Walton, C. John Collins, and William Barrick. Each focuses his essay on answering the following questions:
What is the biblical case for your viewpoint, and how do you reconcile it both with modern science and with passages and potential interpretations that seem to counter it?In what ways is your view more theologically consistent and coherent than other views?What are the implications of your view for the spiritual life and public witness of the church and individual believers, and how is your view a healthier alternative for both?
Concluding reflections by pastor-scholars Gregory A. Boyd and Philip Graham Ryken highlight the significance of the topic in the faith of everyday believers.
I sat back in the chair and closed my eyes as I tried to make sense of the
nonsense; the power of the blow was devastating: my life had imploded, my world
was crumbling around me. I was tying to absorb just having been given the worst
news of my life.
I was going to die.
are doomed from the moment we’re born.
'I can't choose how to die but I can choose how to live'. (Joni Mitchell).
If I only learned one thing in forty-eight years of life it was people only respected you for your strength and never your weakness. I had been weak but never mind, what time left to me would be put to good use.
'It's never too late.' My beloved grandma used to say.
Timing's everything in this life, you can more or less do anything you want............as you as you get the timing right.
In his groundbreaking 1936 book The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, Keynes argues that traditional economics has misunderstood the causes of unemployment. Employment is not determined by the price of labor; it is directly linked to demand in the economy. Keynes believes market economies are by nature unstable, and so require government intervention. Spurred on by the social catastrophe of the Great Depression of the 1930s, Keynes sets out to revolutionize the way the world thinks about and understands economics—and in this he succeeds.
In the latter half of the twentieth century, Keynesian economics became mainstream policy for most Western governments. Although his ideas fell out of fashion, the global market turmoil in the opening decade of the twenty-first century once again saw interventionist government fiscal and monetary policy based on Keynesian thinking.
Smith wanted to show that mercantilism—the dominant economic theory of his time—was wrong. Mercantilism argues that the national economy only exists to strengthen the government; so the government should control and regulate the economy. Smith opposes this idea in his book. He says that the government only has three roles within society: To protect the state from invasion or attack from another state. To uphold laws to protect the freedom of individuals. To create and maintain public works and institutions that could not (or would not) be undertaken on a smaller scale. Beyond these, government should not interfere.
Smith argues that when people are free to pursue their own self-interest within a competitive free market, productivity increases.
Friedman did not just demonstrate that monetary policy plays a vital role in broader economic stability. He also argued that economists got their monetary policy wrong in the 1950s and 1960s by misunderstanding the relationship between inflation and unemployment. In Friedman’s view, previous generations of economists had no justification for believing that governments could permanently decrease unemployment by allowing inflation—and vice versa. Friedman’s most original contribution was to propose that this relationship between unemployment and inflation only worked in the short term.
The Economist magazine described Milton Friedman as “the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century ... possibly of all of it.” And “The Role of Monetary Policy” remains highly influential.