Give Prof. Neil J. Young of Princeton credit at Huffington Post for a serious review of Discovery Senior Fellow Jay Richards' book, Money, Greed and God. Most Huffers and Puffers would rather excoriate the subjects of Young's review than accept their challenge. Essentially, Young acknowledges Richards' argument (if not its correctness) that capitalism is a moral economic system--like Churchill's defense of democracy as "the worst form of government except for all the others." He also accepts that RIchards finds that morality grounded in the Bible.
Young is right, too, to notice that there are differences on the right on this topic, though not in the Tea Party, as he imagines, but between classic conservatives and Randian libertarians. Richards criticizes the atheist Ayn Rand for thinking that the altruism of Christianity is a vice, not a virtue. So, yes, there is a split about this on the right. Oddly, however, few Randians in politics (for example Sen. Rand Paul, or his father, Rep. Rand Paul) turn out to share many of their heroine's views on social issues. They are energized instead by her demand for human liberty and self-reliance. That's why many plain vanilla conservatives can appreciate certain insights of Rand.
On the other side from Richards, in any case, and much more his target, are Christian liberals who suppose that capitalism is deeply flawed, as is America, and must be reformed by more government regulation and redistribution. The real issue, then, is whether limited government or the welfare state is more beneficial to the poor in body and spirit, as well as to everyone else. That's the real battlefield. Richards is saying that conservative economic policies, properly understood and implemented, are much more in the interest of the poor--the very folks whose interests liberal Christians and the secular left claim to represent. Young's chief service is to shine a light on this real contest of views.
Meanwhile, however, Prof. Young makes several unfortunate errors. Dr. Richards' is not speaking mainly for evangelicals, as Young states several times. He is addressing a general audience, though especially Christians--Christians in general. (As it happens, Richards himself is a Catholic.)
Contra the Young review, Richards also does not argue for unregulated capitalism, if that means that rule of law is somehow unnecessary. He doesn't see the free market strictly as selfish, either, and if he did the case hardly would fit Dr.Young's later (also erroneous) assertion that Richards' wants people to see capitalism as altruistic. Richard holds that capitalism (as the review also acknowledges!) is the best system available and the one most in accord with Biblical principles.
Nonetheless, Jay Richards, in Money, Greed and God, has done one of the best jobs since his friend George Gilder, who wrote Wealth and Povety three decades ago, in revealing the profoundly moral nature of the nation's and our time's controversies over economics. Prof. Young has done a service in recognizing that that a dialogue on the moral questions is needed.