Imago Dei and the Fall
The Implications of Two Christian Doctrines for Economics
Project on Values and Capitalism
About This Event

A traditional Christian belief is that humans are unique among the many different living things populating the world because they were created in the image of God. This doctrine, Imago Dei, is complicated by a second theological foundation for Christians: the Fall. In choosing to sin against God, humans corrupted their ability to act as God intended, as "image--bearers" here on earth.

As human activity is a reflection of human nature, any Christian treatment of a social system--such as family, church, politics, or economics--must be analyzed in the context of Imago Dei and the Fall. At this event, P. J. Hill, the George F. Bennett Professor of Economics at Wheaton College, will discuss the theology of human nature, humanity's relationship to God, and the role of Christian beliefs in the understanding of economic systems.

Dinner will be served.

Event Contact Information
Eric Teetsel
American Enterprise Institute
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Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-7183
Media Contact Information
Veronique Rodman
American Enterprise Institute
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Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-4870

Speaker biographies

P. J. Hill is George F. Bennett Professor of Economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and is a senior fellow at the Property and Environmental Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. He has authored numerous books and articles on the theory of property rights and institutional change and has edited six books on environmental economics. Mr. Hill grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana and to this day continues to operate a small ranch in the western half of the state.

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