Gary North, apostle of Bible-based economics, dies at 80

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In an article titled “Invitation to Stoning” in the libertarian Reason magazine in 1998, Walter Olson wrote that one of the effects of Mr North’s extreme views was “to make everyone else feel moderate”.

He added: “Almost every anti-abortion stance seems nuanced compared to Gary North’s plea for public execution not just for women who have abortions, but for those who have advised them to do so.”

Asked to assess Mr. North’s legacy, David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, a respected libertarian research group that is generally conservative on economic solutions and more liberal on social issues, said: “I don’t ‘never read North and Haven’ I didn’t pay much attention to it.

But many others have, according to Mr. North’s website, which boasts: “No website for an evangelical news magazine, news site, theological seminary, church denomination or a publisher was even close” to his popularity.

Mr. North was a meticulous researcher. In 1996 he published “Crossed Fingers,” a 1,000-page account of how theological liberals influenced the Presbyterian Church in the early 20th century (the first 300 pages alone included 900 footnotes ). , he completed a 31-volume economic commentary on the Bible.

While some of Mr North’s strong views could be traced to matters of opinion or preference, his many critics said others were weakly held or outright wrong. His prediction, for example, that a computer disaster at midnight on December 31, 1999, popularly known as Y2K, would set the stage for the birth of a liberating Christian theocracy – “Y2K is our deliverance”, he said. he stated – turned out to be unfounded.

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