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Common Grace and the Competitive Market System

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This article reviews the biblical doctrine of common grace and evaluates the consistency of competitive free markets with that doctrine. Common grace helps explain much of the good found in a fallen world, while also providing an explanation for why fallen men do not act worse than they do. Competition is seen as a form of God’s common grace because it provides the institutional incentives to constrain market participants from predation and exploitation, while encouraging social cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange.

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