by Chad Hovind
The main purpose of Godonomics was to provide a biblical perspective on economics. The author, Chad Hovind, is the pastor of Horizon Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. The book essentially argued that God has provided three major economic principles in Scripture: personal property rights, incentive, and personal freedom. In commanding the people of Israel not to cover or steal (Exodus 20:15, 17), God was acknowledging the right of individuals to own property. In instructing the Christians to forbid those who refused to work to eat, God was providing incentive for work (2 Thessalonians 3:10). In encouraging others to give and not forcing them to give, God was acknowledging the freedom of individuals to use their finances however they felt was best. The rest of the book essentially fleshes out these three principles and how other systems (Marxism, socialism , etc.) ultimately violate these principles.
For the most part, I enjoyed the book. I am not overly interested in politics or economic theory, but the book was interesting. Hovind communicated his ideas clearly in the book, often communicating complex issues in simple terms. He also did a good job providing illustrations and examples. The book could have been extremely dry, but his use of personal stories and cultural issues kept the reader engaged in the book. It should be noted that Hovind essentially argued for capitalism, and I tend to lean towards capitalism as the best economic model, so I found much of the book “agreeable.” Those who dislike capitalism will likely dislike the book, since it is a defense of capitalism and free-market enterprise.
My only complaint was the simplicity of the book. Hovind made difficult concepts easy to grasp, but sometimes he oversimplified the issue. Based on a quick reading of this book, one might be tempted to think that the solution to government and economic problems is a quick fix, but this is misleading. While I do agree with the basic principles he set forth (personal property rights, incentive, and personal freedom), I think it is an oversimplification to say that less government involvement and lower tax rates would solve our problems. I believe they would help, but I am not convinced our problems would disappear.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Hovind was clear and engaging, and he provided a reasonable (although sometimes shallow) defense of capitalism. This book will benefit those who agree with capitalism and want to better understand how it functions, and it will benefit those who disagree with capitalism but want to understand how proponents of capitalism and free-market enterprise think.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.