Through Christian’s Library Press, the Acton Institute has published four tradition-specific primers on faith, work, and economics, including Wesleyan, Pentecostal, Baptist, and Reformed perspectives.
This unique blend of unity in Christ and diversity through tradition offers but a glimpse of the value and significance of these primers, particularly when absorbed and studied together.
As one who was born and raised and currently resides in the Pentecostal tradition, Dr. Self’s primer has taught me a great deal about how my own theological presuppositions translate into the realm of economic transformation. Likewise, the other titles have challenged me to reexamine that approach and integrate a variety of contributions from other believers in differing theological streams.
As the Kern Pastors Network summarizes:
From the Pentecostal emphasis on widely distributed responsibility for discovery and creativity, to the Baptist heritage of independent, entrepreneurial church life; from the traditional Wesleyan focus on preparing people for the world of virtuous work and economic exchange, to the Reformed emphasis on careful theological integration; each tradition brings something important to the table….These primers help us truly appreciate the multifaceted nature of the work and economics conversation.
The titles and authors of the series are as follows:
- Baptist primer: Flourishing Faith by Chad Brand, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; foreword by Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Pentecostal primer: Flourishing Churches & Communities by Charlie Self, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; foreword by George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God (USA)
- Wesleyan primer: How God Makes the World a Better Place by David Wright, president of Indiana Wesleyan University, et. Al; foreword by Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church
- Reformed primer: Economic Shalom by John Bolt, Calvin Theological Seminary; foreword by David Kim, Redeemer Center for Faith and Work