The Morality of Markets

Jim Otteson and Ron Sider

  • Date Jan 24, 2013
  • Venue Warner Memorial Library
    Eastern University
    1300 Eagle Road
    Saint Davids, PA 19087

Panelists took up questions such as: what is the best way to organize our economy?  Does a free market support individual liberty and responsibility?  What is the right relationship between politics and the marketplace?  In what ways do the individual and the family interact with the market?  Does the marketplace uphold human dignity?  What kinds, if any, of voluntary associations (as Tocqueville described them) are necessary for the free market to succeed?  What is Adam Smith’s understanding of human nature and how does it influence a humane economy?

Dr. James R. Otteson received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago.  He has taught previously at Georgetown University and at the University of Alabama, and specializes in the history of modern philosophy, political philosophy, and the history and philosophy of economics.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. Ron Sider is known worldwide for providing leadership to the movement of evangelicals who recognize not just the spiritual, but als othe social and political implications of a high view of Scripture.  His book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was lauded by Christianity Today as being among the top 100 books in religion in the 20th century and the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last 50 years. 

Ron Sider is known worldwide for providing leadership to the movement of evangelicals who recognize not just the spiritual, but also the social and political implications of a high view of Scripture. His book Rich Christians in an Age of Hungerwas lauded by Christianity Today as being among the top 100 books in religion in the 20th century and the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last 50 years.  In addition to Rich Christians, Dr. Sider has written more than 30 published books, including Evangelism,   Salvation and Social JusticeChrist and ViolenceCry Justice: The Bible on Hunger and PovertyCompletely Pro-LifeGood News and Good Works:A Theology for the Whole GospelLiving Like JesusJust Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in AmericaThe Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?The Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Why are Christians Missing the Chance to Really Change the World?; and I Am not a Social Activist: Making Jesus the Agenda. His most recent book is Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget. He also edited The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment.

An ordained minister in the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches, Ron has lectured at numerous educational institutions, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford.

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