I had the privilege of being admitted to Acton University for a second year in a row and attend about 15 wonderful lectures, one of which was led by Dr. Chad Brand (Brand is associate dean of biblical and theological studies and professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary’s Boyce College), titled Baptist Political Economy. The title alone peaked my interest and I was glad to see Acton intentionally reach out to Baptists to work on this underdeveloped area of thought. There’s a very brief interview with Dr. Brand about this very topic in which he rather boldly affirms a connection between Baptist theology and “a kind of republican or libertarian form of economics.” (included within the following excerpt)
Because Baptists have long held the idea of religious freedom, political freedom, individual freedom and so on, the place where a Baptist political economy most manifests itself is in a kind of republican or libertarian form of economics. “Laissez faire” isn’t in the Baptist Faith and Message, but if you read and believe its statements on government and anthropology, I think you would come to the same conclusion that the government that governs least, governs best.
I’m sure that some may dispute whether a reading of the Baptist Faith and Message so clearly infers the idea of limited government, and that this point needs to be flushed out a bit more. I will reach out to Dr. Brand to see if he’s willing to offer a more thorough explanation on this interesting point. Stay tuned.
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