Acton University 2017: June 20 – 23

FND Economic Way of Thinking

Session 3: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Introduces the basic intellectual components of the economic way of thinking, examines the institutional prerequisites of the free economy, and considers their compatibility with Christian anthropology and its vision of virtuous liberty. Required course for those who have not previously attended a Toward a Free and Virtuous Society conference or Acton University.

Recommended Reading: 

HANDOUT: Economic Way of Thinking

Papal Encyclicals:

              These works synthesize the case for private property and the free market, with a case for Christian moral virtue.

  • Robert Sirico, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2012).
  • E. F. Schumacher, Guide for the Perplexed (New York: Harper Perennial, 1978).
  • John D. Mueller, Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element, (Wilmington DE: ISI Books, 2010).
  • John Horvat II, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society-- Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go, (York Press, 2013).