Category: Economics and Business

Finitude for the Faithful

Oliver Burkeman. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. 288 pp, $27.00. St. Augustine taught that the fundamental condition of human beings is ignorance and difficulty. This truth can seem outdated in the...

/ November 22, 2021

Burnout, According to Solomon

I’ve made huge lists of everything I’ve done in my short life. I’ve accomplished so much, and I can show you my work, says Solomon. It’s too familiar. Lists have been a lifeline for me as a working mom, a...

/ November 10, 2021

It’s Not the Economy: Big Tech, Anti-Trust, and the Future of Political Liberalism

After a full year of investigation and hours of congressional testimony, the recent House judiciary report on Big Tech is finally here. While many critics are already complaining that it’s arrival is too late for any actionable response by Congress...

/ October 26, 2020

The Market Made Me Do It: The Scandal of the Evangelical College

Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind turned twenty-five last year. If we know a classic by its ability to speak across eras, one single event from this past summer is enough to assure everyone of the continuing tragic...

/ September 23, 2020

Hansel & Gretel Disenchanted: A Response to Eugene McCarraher’s “The Enchantments of Mammon”

We know the story. There wasn’t enough to eat. The children had been turned out to fend for themselves, and had, hungry, found a gingerbread house to snack on. The gingerbread boys and girls outside the house were good advertising....

/ August 24, 2020

Not for Bread Alone: Notes on Good Work

On a number of the shelves in my home sit baskets that I have made myself. I took up the craft out of a need for contrast in what is a largely abstract existence, mostly consisting of reading and computer...

/ August 14, 2020

Against Evangelical Minimalism

For all the criticism of evangelical opulence – it’s palatial megachurches and crass prosperity gospel – the truth is that most evangelical churches remain humble and relatively small. One 2017 analysis of Lifeway data showed that the overwhelming majority of...

/ June 15, 2020

Economics Turn Homeward

COVID-19 uncertainties provide a cultural moment for re-evaluating what really constitutes the good life. While the mandatory homecoming of sorts drags on, it sheds fresh and favorable light on home economies of simplicity and some measure of self-sufficiency. Stay-at-home orders...

/ May 28, 2020

The Case for Donating Your Stimulus Check

During a pandemic, it always feels dark. Many future unknowns await us. But we can learn from an unknown Jewish prisoner who penned this line in a poem he wrote within his concentration camp cell.

/ April 29, 2020

Moral Realism, Public Health, and Truth-telling Amid COVID-19

As the lockdown proceeds with no official end date in sight, we must turn our attention to a new reality confronting us: It is impossible to proceed with a lockdown to prevent COVID-19 deaths without other harms resulting. This was...

/ April 14, 2020