Why Libertarians Need God--Jay Richards

Event Date: 
January 30, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Acton Institute
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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There are many who believe that atheism and libertarianism are compatible. Some even contend that atheism is essential to libertarianism. But the opposite is much nearer the truth. The core "libertarian" principles of individual rights, freedom and responsibility, reason, moral truth, and limited government make little sense in an atheistic and materialistic worldview; but make far more sense in a theistic context. Come hear Dr. Jay Richards explain and plead the case "Why Libertarians Need God".

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE), author of The New York Times bestselling books Infiltrated and Indivisible and author of Money, Greed, and God, which won a Templeton Enterprise Award in 2010. He is also executive producer of several television documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom, and a Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute.

Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, The Daily Caller, National Review, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator, and a wide variety of other publications. Richards’ work has been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Physics Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Enterprise, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and The American Spectator.

Dr. Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in Philosophy and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion.