I especially enjoyed Jennifer Roback Morse's teaching on marriage, the family and its impact on the market. She demonstrated how the breakdown in family (due to divorce, same-sex marriage, etc.) has negative consequences on the economy, which leads to a greater governmental role in society (which Acton makes clear is a bad thing).
Jay Richards presentation on “Myths of the Market” was another highlight for me. He cites three myths Christians believe about wealth, poverty, and the market. For example, he talks about how many people think the market is a zero-sum game. If I get rich, doesn’t that make someone else poor? He argues no. Instead, wealth can be created in a free-market system allowing a win-win situation for the rich and the poor.
The practical application that he (and Acton) makes is that there are more effective and more long-term solutions to solving poverty in our country and around the world than merely donating money to poor people. Entrepreneurship and the free market can directly address this issue of “social justice” that many Christians are rightly concerned about.
As Brett has already indicated, Acton is an excellent organization to help broaden the minds of Christians in the area of economics and our Christian faith. Add them to your favorite list, frequent their website, find them on Facebook, or plan to attend their events. You won’t be disappointed.