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As Christians, we must be concerned about the poor, so inevitably, the Christian worldview will impact the realm of economics. Unfortunately, many people, including many Christians, have adopted mistaken myths about nature of wealth, poverty, and enterprise. We’ll explore some of these myths in this talk.
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics. He is author of many books, including co-author of The New York Times bestselling book Indivisible; author of the book, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. He is contributor and editor of God and Evolution, which was World magazine book of the year in 2011, and co-author with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez of The Privileged Planet: How our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. The Privileged Planet documentary, based on the book, broadcast on PBS in the US, and has been viewed in multiple languages around the world.
Dr. Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and a wide variety of other publications. He is also a regular contributor to National Review Online. His topics range from culture, economics, and public policy to natural science, technology, and the environment. He is also executive producer of several documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom.
Dr. Richards’ work has been covered in The New York Times (front page news, science news, and editorial), The Washington Post (news and editorial), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Physics Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Enterprise, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and American Spectator.
An experienced public speaker, Dr. Richards has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, including Larry King Live (CNN), Huckabee, Dayside, Fox and Friends, Studio B with Shepard Smith (Fox News), Glenn Beck TV, PBS, CBN, and TBN, The Michael Medved Show, and The Mitch Albom Show, The Thom Hartmann Program, The Dennis Prager Show, Linda Chavez, The Mark Davis Show, and many others.
He has lectured at scores of conferences as diverse as the Western Economic Association and the Evangelical Theological Society; on dozens of college and university campuses; at think tanks, including the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation; at numerous public policy meetings, such as the Heritage Resource Bank, the Council for National Policy, and the Atlas Freedom Forum; and on several occasions to members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. congressional staff. In January 2008, his debate with the late Christopher Hitchens at Stanford University, moderated by Ben Stein and Michael Cromartie, was simultaneously broadcast live to several hundred North American churches by the Church Communications Network.
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.