I’m planning a class on this for Jews for Ron Paul, but here are some initial thoughts on the subject.
Genesis 2:12 always took me for a loop, until I was introduced to Austrian economic theory and the gold standard. After God creates man in the second creation story (yes, there are two), the Bible goes off on a tangent about where the Garden of Eden is located. It maps the rivers that feed the garden, and then talks about the lands the rivers pass, and in case we cared at all, it says that the gold in one of these lands that the river that happens to flow into Eden flows past, is good.
Well OK, the gold in some land that has nothing to do with the man on the moon is good. So what?
Come on! It’s the Garden of Eden for the love of God! There’s no work, no toil, but you have to tell me about some gold and that it’s of good quality before God even puts Adam in the Garden of Eden?
The message, which I finally understand: There is no such thing as a fiat paradise. Back it up with gold.