In the Bible, it is made clear that

“The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor; the wicked does not understand such concern.”  (Prov. 29:7)

Similarly, members of The Church of Jesus Christ believe that God desires that

 “… they shall look to the poor and the needy, and administer to their relief that they shall not suffer” (D&C 38:35)

Then why does there so often seem to exist such a major gap between what is taught and what is practiced?

In this blog I hope to examine a few questions concerning two topics that I feel passionately about: my faith, and economics.

This blog was inspired by an idea from the economist Hyman Minsky which reminded me of a common doctrine taught in the LDS church.  As I continued to explore connections between teachings of the LDS church and economic theory, I became interested in looking into a few of them more closely.  This is not all inclusive, and is not in any way official.  It is simply things that I find very interesting, and I think deserve closer examination.

I owe a special thanks to many of my professors at the University of Utah, the Maxwell Institute at BYU for providing a great collection of work from LDS scholars to draw upon, other bloggers who have helped spark new ideas, and also for all of my church leaders and teachers who have always been willing to discuss these topics with me (and not yelling.)


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