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An Intriguing Question

I somehow managed A’s in the two semesters of economics required to get a journalism degree. But it wasn’t my strong subject. Still, I loved "Freakonomics" and can’t wait to find the time to dig through the sequel "Superfreakonomics." So, I love any opportunity to connect the books with religion. And an Indian journalist, apparently, helped me out. Co-author Stephen J. Dubner said told readers of his blog that he’s now trying to answer this question from a reporter in India:

You state that your book is based on one fundamental assumption about human nature: people respond to incentives. Which is another way of saying that people are basically selfish. Take someone like Jesus Christ. What was his “incentive” to go on the cross?

Read the blog post here.