TMI Seminar – Dr. Samuel Gregg – Christianity, Liberalism and the Market Economy

16 March 2016

The relationship between Christianity and the market economy is a complex one. Among other things, it raises the question of whether acceptance or even promotion of the market involves acceptance of liberal or even libertarian views of man and society, many of which would seem to be at odds with Christian teaching. Can a Christian support the market economy without buying into particular liberal or libertarian conceptions of human nature, society, and the role of the state? The paper will explore this and other related questions about a subject that has vexed many Christians from the time of Adam Smith onwards.

The speaker is Research Director at the Acton Institute, U.S.A. He has an M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a D.Phil. in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford. He has written and spoken extensively on political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. The author of many books, including On Ordered Liberty (2003), the prize-winning The Commercial Society (2007), Wilhelm Röpke’s Political Economy (2010), Becoming Europe (2013), and the soon to be published For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good (2016), as well as editor of several sets of collected essays, such as Natural Law, Economics, and the Common Good (2012), he has also published widely in journals and newspapers worldwide, and has been elected to many prestigious societies and academic advisory boards.

If you are interested in attending please contact Miguel Alegre to receive an invitation.