Over the years, politicians have offered solutions for the challenges facing our nation through a more expansive federal government. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, has noted "It starts with smooth-talking politicians offering seemingly innocuous compromises, and an opportunistic leadership that chooses not to stand up for America’s enduring principles of freedom and entrepreneurship." And while national public opinion polling continues to find that Americans distrust our political system and individual representatives in Congress, the breadth of government continues to expand.
The economic problems of today are having a serious impact on families and the private sector. The impulse to take action in response to these problems creates the opportunity for proposals that redistribute money from some and spend it on others; a policy of wealth redistribution that has never worked. Some political leaders and advocates have attempted to justify their calls for this fundamental restructuring of the American economic system by using Scripture to support their positions.
There is a critical need to objectively confront policy solutions such as these with informed analysis, but also through the lens of moral values inspired and informed by Christian faith. This forum brings together two leading thinkers to discuss the relationship of Christian faith, values, economics, and the future of American public policy.
The Speakers:Arthur Brooks, Phd., President and CEO, American Enterprise Institute
Arthur C. Brooks, president of AEI. Former Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University, Consultant, RAND Corporation, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Economics, Georgia State University, 1998-2001 and Doctoral Fellow, RAND Corporation. Holds Ph.D in policy analysis from, Pardee RAND Graduate School, M.A., economics, Florida Atlantic University and B.A., economics, Thomas Edison State College. Author of eight books including The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future, (Gross National Happiness and Social Entrepreneurship.
John MacArthur is President of The Master’s College for the past 25 years. Authored nearly 75 books including the MacArthur Study Bible with millions in use worldwide. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Since 1969, served as Pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and founder of The Master's Seminary and is a frequent commentator and writer for such diverse news organizations as CNN and the Washington Post. Founded in 1969, Grace to You airs his sermons 1,500 times daily throughout the English speaking world reaching all major population centers in the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and South Africa plus 450 times daily in Spanish reaching 23 countries, including Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Columbia.