We’ve recently wrapped up family visits in Toronto, Port Huron, and Princeton, and now relaxing near the beach in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. In honor of John Calvin’s 500th birthday, my wife took this picture of a former Presbyterian church we drove past in London, Ontario. The cement plaque in the side of the wall says that the church was established in 1910, and the large beaming statue of Buddha in the front is Vietnamese.
As my brother observed, this was a Presbyterian church, so nobody can say that the congregation were not warned. The pastor probably warned the congregation of the imminence of God’s wrath often. And now their building is a shrine to idolatry and sophistry.
One of the only good things to come out of economics recently is the field of “behavioral economics”, which shatters the myth of the “rational consumer”, and provides sound empirical evidence for the concept of the “totally depraved consumer”. For most people, behavioral economics is redundant, since we already knew that people are not rational or ethical. But for people who have been brainwashed by scientism, the field provides an invaluable tool to reacquaint them with common sense. It uses their own tools to dismantle their fantasies.
In that spirit, check out Tyler Cowan’s post in honor of Calvin’s birthday: “John Calvin was a Behavioral Economist”.