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This week I will be attending the 2017 Acton University Conference, at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Acton University ‘is a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society. Guided by a distinguished, international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate philosophy, theology, business, development – with sound, market based, economics.’
It is organized by the Acton Institute, ‘a think-tank whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles’.
Topics dealt with include:
Thomas Jefferson v. Alexander Hamilton
The Inspiration of the Declaration: What Calvin Coolidge’s Views on Government and Faith Tell Us Today
John Locke’s Philosophy of Liberalism
Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism
Alexis de Tocqueville: Does Liberty Follow from Democracy?
Democracy and Development
Natural Law and Human Flourishing
“Post-Consensus” Culture and Natural Law
Religious Liberty: The Dawn of the First Amendment
The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom
Marriage and Religious Liberty
How to Understand and Critique Secularism
Presenters will be, among others:
Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D., University Fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science, Union University
The Honorable Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Lenore Ealy, Ph.D., President, The Philanthropic Enterprise, Inc.
Kenneth Grasso, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Political Science, Texas State University
Carrie Gress, Ph.D., Author and Public Intellectual
Robert Joustra, Ph.D., Director of the Centre for Christian Scholarship, Redeemer University College
Daniel Mark, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Villanova University, and Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Svetlana Papazov, D.Min., Lead Pastor, Real Life Church; CEO & Founder, Real Life Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Excellence
John Pinheiro, Ph.D., Professor of History and Founding Director of Catholic Studies, Aquinas College
Amity Shlaes, Presidential Scholar, The King’s College.