The Birth of Freedom: A look at Judeo-Christian Tradition to the Rise of Political and Economic Freedom in the West

Event Date: 
August 14, 2008 - 12:00pm

Dexter Ballroom
24 Ransom Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


Jay Richards talks and leads discussion about some of the themes from Acton's new documentary, The Birth of Freedom. The film treats the contributions of the Judeo-Christian tradition to the rise of political and economic freedom in the West.

Short bio of the speaker

Jay W. Richards is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and theology (with honors) from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was formerly a Teaching Fellow. He also has a Th.M. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles in publications such as the Washington Post, National Review Online, and Washington Times, as well as several books, including The Untamed God and The Privileged Planet: How our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery, with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. He is executive producer of the documentary, The Call of the Entrepreneur (Acton Media, 2007), and is currently writing The Christian Case for Capitalism (HarperCollins/HarperOne, 2009).