New Rochelle: Arlington House, 1970. First edition. Octavo, original grey cloth, original dust jacket. Lower front corner bumped, gentle toning to upper edges, small chip to top front panel of the dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #365
"MY UNDERSTANDING OF CAPITALISM IS QUITE DIFFERENT" First edition of this attempt to integrate economic freedom with spiritual sensibility. The Rev. Edmund A. Opitz was a Congregationalist minister who was associated for many years with the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. He developed his themes during the 1960s, contradicting the collectivism of the left just as Marxist interpretations of theology were becoming popular. The book is divided into two parts: Opitz's initial goal is a clarification of the understanding of terminology associated with capitalism, often in contradiction with the tenets of Christian Socialism, exemplified by R. H. Tawney's Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (1926) and V. A. Demant's Religion and the Decline of Capitalism (1949). The second part of the book views Christianity and Capitalism in the framework of the Augustinian conception of the transcendent in The City of God and the worldly in The City of Man. With two appendices: I. God and Political Freedom, II. Some Axioms of Economics, along with a substantial Bibliography and an Index. Published by Arlington House. A Selection of the Conservative Book Club.