God and Economics? Yes, Please.

Posted: June 17, 2011 by Alan Shlemon in Etcetera

If you want to learn how the Christian worldview impacts economics, free markets, wealth creation, and poverty in both theoretical and practical ways, you need to come to Acton University next summer. Put it on your calendar now and plan on applying early. Seriously, it’s that good.

I’m here now (in Grand Rapids, Michigan) attending the four-day conference and loving it. I’ve taken classes that deal with population decline, Islam and free markets, global warming, the biblical foundations for environmentalism, and much more.

My favorite class so far was taught by Jay Wesley Richards of the Discovery Institute. One of the things he dealt with was what kind of questions need to be asked in the current debate over global warming. He also proposed a checklist of signs for when to doubt a scientific “consensus.”

One of the coolest projects of Acton is Poverty Cure. It’s a real-life example of how rethinking the way that poverty is addressed results in long-lasting and positive results for real people in developing countries. Be sure to watch the promo video on the site – it’s excellent. If you care about social justice, then you can’t ignore this issue.

Again, I can’t recommend this conference enough. This is my third time and it’s been a first-rate production every time.

By the way, scholarships are available to students. You’ll have the chance to request one when they open up application for 2012.

  1. Rob says:

    I stumbled about Acton years ago and have been seriously considering attending one of their conferences. If you have time I would love to see a blog post about what you’ve learned!