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Brief Stark Review

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First item in this month’s Christianity Today Bookmarks.

Conclusion: “Disconcertingly, Stark argues without qualification, nuance, and the balancing of perspectives that academics love so much. Nonetheless, he may be right.”

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • Daniel

    I’ve just got through this issue with my wife. She asked me that if our country’s government (Brazil) were not so messed up with bribe and corruption and if we had more honest politicians, then we’d experince a better-off society and our economy would prosper much faster, as well. I told her that among other things, when the first settlers arrived on this land a poor and unnefective christianity was taught and the results of it are rooted all around the nation. So, a reform from the top political ranks wouldn’t solve that much, once it’s a matter of principles that should have been massively inculcated into people’s souls.