The book is framed around what God would say to leading financial thinkers and practitioners, both living and deceased. This varied group includes John Maynard Keyes, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alan Greenspan, Jim Wallis, and Karl Marx. It’s always a little dangerous putting words in the mouth of God unless you are directly quoting scripture, but Hovind stays true to the spirit of God’s Word for the most part. Some readers may struggle with the idea that God is a whole-hearted endorser of free-market capitalism. I know I personally struggled with this concept throughout the book.While it’s true that socialism/Marxism places far too much stock in the basic goodness of man, doesn’t free-market capitalism do the same? Do liberty and prosperity automatically equal generosity? Hovind leaves this question unanswered which for the informed reader or theologian would certainly cause one to wonder whether he was seeking to deliver a political message or a biblical message.
I for one think the book seems to be a sound theologically informed biblical treatment of America‘s economic problems. There is far more that I agree than disagree with and it doesn’t follow the Ayn Rand philosophy of Laissez-faire economics and libertarian markets. It is biblical because it is one that is proposes free-market capitalism as a biblical proposal that is free to engage in markets with the core understanding that man is sinful and we need the gospel of Christ to correct our selfish inclinations and offer the service of others and the greater good of our neighbor as a primary motivation in our own pursuit of capitalism.
Godonomics was provided free by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for a review.