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Sabbath Economics

The biblical standard of economic justice is grounded in God's call to 'keep the Sabbath'… The Sabbath is diametrically opposed to our own modern assumption about material security.  Classical economics is based upon two suppositions: (1) the natural condition of scarcity; and (2) the human propensity for unlimited appetite.  The first justifies inequality, the second fuels ideologies of unlimited economic growth. Sabbath economics, however, teaches exactly the inverse: God's gift is natural abundance, and our response should be self-restraint.

-- Ched Myers, "An Issue of Equality," in Priests and People, July 2001 (Quoted in the Ministry of Money newsletter, Sept/Oct 2001).

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