Dr. Vincent Bacote
Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of the The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker Academic: 2005), and has contributed to books such as Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012) and is a regular columnist for Comment. He has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books & Culture, Christianity Today and re:generation quarterly and journals such as Christian Scholar's Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research.
Mr. Rudy Carrasco
Managing Director, Two Forty Group
Rodolpho Carrasco served for two decades in an incarnational urban youth ministry in the Los Angeles metro. His work in applying private charity principles among the urban poor has been covered by Christianity Today (Where Faith and Culture Meet DVD series) and the Heritage Foundation (Seek Social Justice DVD series). Articles by and about Carrasco have appeared in Discipleship Journal, Pasadena Star-News, and Outreach Magazine. He's an advisory board member of the Christian Community Development Association and a board member of World Vision U.S. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Victor Claar
Professor of Economics, Henderson State University
Dr. Victor V. Claar (Ph.D., West Virginia University) is a professor of economics at Henderson, the public liberal arts college of Arkansas, where he specializes in teaching principles of economics courses. He is also coauthor of Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices. Prior to arriving at Henderson, he was an associate professor, for nine years at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He spent the 2006-07 academic year as a Fulbright scholar, giving graduate lectures and conducting research at the American University of Armenia. His research interests include transnational entrepreneurial attitudes, ethics and economics, and applied microeconomics. He has written articles for Applied Economics, Public Finance Review and the Journal of Markets & Morality, among others. Dr. Claar recently wrote a book on fair trade for the Acton Institute, entitled Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution.
Rev. Robert Sirico
President, Acton Institute
Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute. Fr. Sirico serves on the staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Fr. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs.
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