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Was Jesus a Socialist?: Why This Question Is Being Asked Again, and Why the Answer Is Almost Always Wrong Paperback – 30 September 2020

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"A fun and eminently readable book. . . . Mr. Reed is a learned man, an economist and historian, steeped in the writings of the great classical writers and thinkers in history and theology. But this is a book geared to the popular audience, a worthwhile gift for your daughter, son, pastor, and good friends. With humor, direct quotation, and clear exposition, Mr. Reed demonstrates how Christianity and socialism, far from being in sync, are ultimately at odds with each other."
--Washington Times

"'Jesus was a socialist' Don't you hear that a lot? Well, here's an entire book that explains not only how that isn't true but also how we can really know it isn't true. . . . I hope a lot of people will learn the truth from this book."
--Eric Metaxas, radio host and #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A timely, lively, learned and well-argued masterpiece that deftly demolishes the claims that Jesus was at heart a Marxist. Reed's impressively deep knowledge of economics and the New Testament shines through. Woe to those who try to challenge him on the subject of Jesus's alleged political beliefs!"
--Steve Forbes

"What is the true defining characteristic of socialism? As Larry Reed shows, it is not compassion but coercion. . . . It is hard to find any argument for coercive force in Jesus's teachings."
--Daniel Hannan, bestselling author of Inventing Freedom and The New Road to Serfdom, from the foreword

"Growing up as a pastor's son, one of the earliest lessons my father gave me was this: 'The love of money is the root of all evil, but a wise understanding of its nature and purpose is the beginning of much good.' The teachings of Jesus are often misunderstood as being anti-wealth by those who tend to overlook the very kinds of conditions that make generosity possible. Larry Reed's ideas provide timely insights into how the teachings of Jesus can transform our economic understanding in a way that leads to greater prosperity for all."
--T. K. Coleman, Director of Entrepreneurial Education, Foundation for Economic Education

"For more than a century, many progressives have insisted that Jesus was a socialist. Not so, says economist Lawrence Reed. Scripture by scripture, he proves from Jesus's words and his parables that Jesus wanted people to use their own free will to solve problems. Thanks to this book, progressives will never again be able to claim with any credibility that Jesus would stoop to be a socialist."
--Burton W. Folsom, Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College; author of New Deal or Raw Deal? and The Myth of the Robber Barons

"With impeccable scholarship, logic, and clarity, Was Jesus a Socialist? demolishes the various arguments that Jesus was, or even could be considered, a socialist. Reed sheds much-needed biblical light on the political economy of the 'real Jesus.' This book is a must read in today's political climate."
--Dr. Judd W. Patton, Professor Emeritus in Economics, Bellevue University

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A fun and eminently readable book. Mr. Reed is a learned man, an economist and historian, steeped in the writings of the great classical writers and thinkers in history and theology. But this is a book geared to the popular audience, a worthwhile gift for your daughter, son, pastor, and good friends. With humor, direct quotation, and clear exposition, Mr. Reed demonstrates how Christianity and socialism, far from being in sync, are ultimately at odds with each other."—Washington Times

"Jesus was a socialist’: Don’t you hear that a lot? Well, here’s an entire book that explains not only how that isn’t true but also how we can really know it isn’t true. I hope a lot of people will learn the truth from this book."—Eric Metaxas, radio host and #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A timely, lively, learned and well-argued masterpiece that deftly demolishes the claims that Jesus was at heart a Marxist. Reed’s impressively deep knowledge of economics and the New Testament shines through. Woe to those who try to challenge him on the subject of Jesus’s alleged political beliefs!"—Steve Forbes

"What is the true defining characteristic of socialism? As Larry Reed shows, it is not compassion but coercion. It is hard to find any argument for coercive force in Jesus’s teachings."—Daniel Hannan, bestselling author of Inventing Freedom and The New Road to Serfdom, from the foreword

"Growing up as a pastor’s son, one of the earliest lessons my father gave me was this: ‘The love of money is the root of all evil, but a wise understanding of its nature and purpose is the beginning of much good.’ The teachings of Jesus are often misunderstood as being anti-wealth by those who tend to overlook the very kinds of conditions that make generosity possible. Larry Reed’s ideas provide timely insights into how the teachings of Jesus can transform our economic understanding in a way that leads to greater prosperity for all."—T. K. Coleman, Director of Entrepreneurial Education, Foundation for Economic Education

"For more than a century, many progressives have insisted that Jesus was a socialist. Not so, says economist Lawrence Reed. Scripture by scripture, he proves from Jesus’s words and his parables that Jesus wanted people to use their own free will to solve problems. Thanks to this book, progressives will never again be able to claim with any credibility that Jesus would stoop to be a socialist."—Burton W. Folsom, Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College; author of New Deal or Raw Deal? and The Myth of the Robber Barons

"With impeccable scholarship, logic, and clarity, Was Jesus a Socialist? demolishes the various arguments that Jesus was, or even could be considered, a socialist. Reed sheds much-needed biblical light on the political economy of the ‘real Jesus.’ This book is a must read in today’s political climate."—Dr. Judd W. Patton, Professor Emeritus in Economics, Bellevue University

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ISI Books (30 September 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1610171608
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1610171601
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.27 x 21.59 cm
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Economist and historian Lawrence W. Reed is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. Before assuming the presidency of FEE in 2008, he served for 21 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He holds honorary doctorates in Laws and in Public Administration. His nearly 2,000 articles have been published throughout the world. His interests have taken him to 86 countries and all 50 states. His web site is lawrencewreed.com. &quot;Like&quot; his public figure Facebook page, &quot;Lawrence Reed.&quot;

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