Jay Richards , assistant research professor in business and economics, was featured in a Christian Post story on the Acton Conference, held at CUA. See below.

Is Economic Liberty Necessary for Religious Liberty?

From: Christian Post Date: Nov. 13, 2014 Author: Napp Naxworth

Can churches have religious freedom in a nation without economic freedom? This issue was explored Monday at an Acton Institute conference hosted by the Catholic University of America.

While the relationship between economic and religious freedom is complicated, religious freedom advocates should also champion economic freedom because they both rely upon some of the same foundational principles, several of the speakers argued.

There are four major themes in the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Freedom, also known as Dignitatis Humanae, which is Latin for "of the dignity of the human person," noted Jay Richards, assistant research professor in the School of Business and Economics at CUA: Religious freedom should be based upon 1) the fundamental dignity of every human person, 2) freedom of association, 3) the rights of parents to raise their children according to their beliefs, and 4) the God-ordained but limited role of government.

A case for economic freedom can also be made based upon those same four principles, Richards argued. The "defenses are more or less the same."


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