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Taking another look at the free market

Chris Gousmett: Taking an other look at the free market

This article outlines a basic approach to economics from a Reformational perspective, showing in particular how this approach can be used to critique free market liberalism and outlining some alternatives.

Comments on the article are welcome. This is an important area for Christians to be thinking about, and we need to learn from each other to build a better understanding, and eventually, a better society in the service of God and of our neighbours.

Taking another look at economics and the free market

Same-sex marriage

There are debates about same-sex marriage taking place in many countries around the world. These papers give some reflections on various aspects of the subject.

Dr Ian Ridgway: Same-sex-marriage: A legal error based on an empirical mistake

This important article by Dr Ian Ridgway provides a perspective on advocacy for same sex marriage as a civil right which needs to be heard. Careful consideration of his arguments should enable more careful scrutiny of the calls for equality which actually fail to demonstrate the validity of the claims made.

Dr Ian Ridgway: Same-Sex Marriage Law and its Negative Impacts on Schooling: Contemporary Liberalism and Religious Freedom

Dr Ian Ridgway has contributed an article on the impact Same-Sex Marriage Law has on schooling and religious freedom.

Dr Ian Ridgway: Why many Christians support normative marriage

Dr Ian Ridgway has contributed another article on the subject of same-sex marriage, this time analysing the arguments of Jim Reiher, who advocates that Christians should accept same-sex marriage as a matter of justice.

Dr Ridgway argues that there is no issue of public justice involved in the push for same-sex marriage, and that in fact new injustices are created through the adoption of same sex marriage.

Dr Bruce Wearne: Senate Submission on the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

The attached document was made as a to the Australian Senate by Dr Bruce Wearne in 2009, but was not released on the Parliamentary website along with other submissions. We are providing it here as a contribution to the on-going discussions about the validity of same-sex marriage.

There is also an advertisement prepared by the Australian Christian Lobby which has been banned by the Australian Channel 7 and Channel 10. This is an example of the difficulty experienced by those wanting to present an alternative view to the predominant support for same-sex marriage. View the advertisement here and see whether it is something that you would agree to being banned.

Articles by James W Skillen

Here we give a number of articles by James W Skillen, a political scientist from the USA who has worked for many years on the issues of public justice and the way in which Christian faith can and should be expressed in political life.

Augustine and contemporary Evangelical thought

Christian action and the coming of God’s Kingdom

Justice for education

Don’t just do something, sit there!

Thomas Jefferson and the religious character of education

The mandate for justice

The gift of administration

“Step into my office”

Religion and education policy: where do we go from here?

Democracy and social reform

Parental freedom of educational choice

The expansion of our shrinking globe

Politics for government or politics for politics?

Civic responsibility for Christians

Education for Christian citizens: where to start?

When citizens can’t agree

Is there a place for “Christian politics” in America?

Love’s labour’s lost… or found?

Supplement to the listing of works by James W Skillen