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April 10, 2023 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT


Chesterton House – 111 The Knoll

Chesterton Perspectives brings you:

Capitalism and Love of Neighbor: Can They Be Reconciled?

A Conversation with Sarah Estelle Associate Professor of Economics; Hope College

April 10th, 2023
7:30pm ET in person at 111 The Knoll Rd
7:45pm ET via Zoom

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Typically Christians who focus on the morality of markets and economics see the problem as “taming” markets to mitigate the unjust outcomes they tend to produce. Classically libertarian views are not usually looked upon favorably by Christian theologians who engage in economic questions, being too fixated on individualism at the expense of the common good. Prof. Estelle has taken a different view, defending the libertarian political economy inspired by F. A. Hayek and classical Christian thinkers such as Augustine and Aquinas. On her view, markets can actually serve as an instrument of love, and finds a surprising compatibility with Augustinian concerns of the classical Christian tradition. Join us in conversation with Sarah as we hear about her own journey in finding an unlikely synthesis between these approaches.

Sarah Estelle Associate Professor of Economics; Hope College

Professor Sarah Estelle is an associate professor of economics at Hope College. Because she believes economics can be useful everywhere and used by everyone, she enjoys extending the theories and empirical techniques of microeconomics to questions located along the “imperialist” frontier of economic research. For example, Professor Estelle has published work on criminal justice reform, higher education, risky adolescent behaviors and parents’ investments in children. More broadly yet, Professor Estelle is intrigued by the role of government in human flourishing and is especially fascinated by the big ideas of Nobel Laureate economist F.A. Hayek related to knowledge and information, cultural evolution, and order not of design but of human action.

Most recently Professor Estelle has undertaken work bridging the principles of traditional Christian teaching and classical liberal economics and especially applying the lessons of economics to the Christian virtue of love, thickly construed. She is the director of Religious Liberty in the States, a brand-new statistical index that measures the legal safeguards for the free exercise of religion in the United States.

Professor Estelle is the founding director of Hope’s Markets & Morality student organization, which explores economic issues through a Christian lens and brings speakers and film screenings to campus to enrich the Hope community’s understanding of markets. Markets & Morality celebrates its 10th year in 2022–23.

Chesterton House Painting