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People & Government: A Christian Perspective in the Modern World

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In a world where the role of government is a subject of ongoing debate, it is crucial to seek understanding on the age-old question: Is government a necessary evil or the arbiter of virtue?

A Christian worldview can give us valuable insights into how to think about the role of government in the contemporary world. By considering the fundamental truths about human nature and the intricacies of economics, Dr. Anne Bradley believes we can craft a new framework—a political economy of government that aligns with Christian principles and biblical human flourishing.

This will be the focus of an upcoming live webinar, co-hosted by IFWE, followed by an interactive Q&A session with Dr. Anne Bradley, who will delve into this topic and explore how the Christian worldview provides a unique lens through which we can reevaluate the government’s role in our lives and modern society. I invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 12pm eastern time. You can register here.

About Dr. Anne Bradley

While most IFWE readers will be familiar with Dr. Bradley, hopefully, this invitation will make its way to some people who are not as familiar with her work. So it is appropriate to review her credentials and previous work on the topic. Dr. Bradley is the economist and academic director at The Fund for American Studies and the Vice President of Economic Initiatives for IFWE. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and she also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. Additionally, she is a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Previously, she has taught at Charles University, Prague, and she has served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University.

She is an editor of and contributing author to IFWE’s Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017), and For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty (Zondervan, 2015). In her contributions to these books, Dr. Bradley has examined income inequality from both an economic and biblical perspective and provides guidance to Christians on how to respond, particularly through our vocations.

Dr. Bradley’s other academic work has focused on the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Terrorism Analysis.

Dr. Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006, during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

Previous Events Featuring Dr. Anne Bradley

Praxis Circle had the honor of hosting Dr. Anne Bradley for a two-part webinar series last year exploring what scripture says about economics. Part one offered a survey of the theological and economic ideas that inform societies and empower the most people to flourish, and part two focused on practical, contemporary examples and opportunities. You can watch Part 1 of Dr. Bradley’s previous webinar here and Part 2 here.

Dr. Anne Bradley is also a Praxis Circle contributor. You can find her complete interview on our website, but here are a few highlights that are relevant to her upcoming webinar.

Editor’s Note: Please join IFWE and Praxis Circle for this upcoming webinar, People and Government: A Christian Perspective in the Modern World, on December 6th at 12pm eastern time. Register here.

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