Moderated by Jordan Ballor, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at the Acton Institute, the panel features:
Miroslav Volf, Dr. Theol, Founder and Director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture, New Haven, Connecticut
Anthony Bradley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Human Flourishing, The King’s College, New York
Kristen Deede Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation, Western Seminary, Holland, Michigan
(Please note: this free event does not require registration. Although this event is being hosted in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, you do not need to be a registered attendee of the AAR meeting to join us for the panel or reception immediately following.)
Recent history has seen economic pressure as a powerful force for effecting social change. The goals of those who seek to harness this power differ dramatically according to their divergent understandings of the good life and the path to it. Small but visible minorities have successfully ended careers, steered marketing campaigns, and otherwise impacted the ways that businesses engage in the marketplace. To what extent, then, might these forces be creating a “false uniformity,” which Kuyper identified as “the curse of modern life?” As we have seen the rise of “identity politics,” do we stand on the verge of the emergence of “identity economics?” To what extent should our ethics and values enter into personal, organizational, and institutional economic decision-making? How might we live together in unity while respecting diversity?