Europe: A Continent in Economic and Cultural Crisis

Event Date: 
February 23, 2012 - 12:00pm

Waters Building
161 Ottawa Ave, Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Less than 100 years ago, Europe ruled most of the globe. Now, however, it seems to be the sick man of the global economy. In this lecture. Acton research Director Dr. Samuel Gregg outlines the economic characteristics of Europe’s present crisis, and examines some of the cultural and religious developments that have contributed to its present turmoil and long-term decline.

Short bio of the speaker

Dr. Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar. He is the author of several books, including Morality, Law, and Public Policy (2000), On Ordered Liberty (2003), his prize-winning The Commercial Society (2007), The Modern Papacy (2009), and Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy (2010) as well as many monographs, such as Ethics and Economics: The Quarrel and the Dialogue (1999), A Theory of Corruption (2004), and Banking, Justice, and the Common Good (2005). Several of these works have been translated into a variety of languages. He has also co-edited books such as Christian Theology and Market Economics (2008) and Profit, Prudence and Virtue: Essays in Ethics, Business and Management (2009).