What hath Kuyper to do with Keynes? What hath Bavinck to do with Böhm-Bawerk?

If these are questions that interest you, then look no further than the Acton Institute’s First Annual Academic Colloquium, sponsored by its Journal of Markets & Morality. This year’s theme is Neo-Calvinism and Modern Economics.

Join us for two panels of scholars presenting their cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on the intersection between Neo-Calvinist social theology and modern economic science.


Jordan Ballor

The event will conclude with a plenary lecture from Dr. Jordan Ballor, entitled “Is Homo Economicus Sovereign in His Own Sphere? A Challenge from Neo-Calvinism for the Neoclassical Model.” Ballor is director of research at the Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy and series editor of the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology, which concludes this year.

The conference will be held at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Friday, October 8, 2021.



10:00am     Coffee

10:30am     Panel 1 - Moderator: Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute


  • Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute – “Welcome/Opening Remarks”
  • Joost Hengstmengel (via live video), Erasmus Economics & Theology Institute – “The Prehistory of Dutch Calvinist Econoimics, 1830-1905”
  • Peter Heslam (via live video), University of Cambridge – “A Kuyperian Approach to Business”
  • Marc Andreas, Kuyper College – “Would Kuyper Buy Bitcoin?”

12:00pm    Lunch

2:00pm      Panel 2 - Moderator: Dan Churchwell, Acton Institute


  • James D. Bratt, Calvin University – “The Evolution of Abraham Kuyper’s Thinking on Economics”
  • Steven McMullen, Hope College – “A New Direction for Kuyperian Economics”
  • J. Daryl Charles, Acton Institute – “Reflections on Abraham Kuyper on ‘The Social Question and the Christian Religion’”
  • Sarah Estelle, Hope College – “Sound Theology: A Solution to the ‘Local Knowledge Problem’”

3:30pm     Coffee Break

4:00pm     Plenary Lecture - Jordan Ballor, Center for Religion, Culture and Democracy - "Is Homo Economicus Sovereign in His Own Sphere?"

5:00pm     End of Conference


The registration fee is $25, with a reduced student rate of $15 for any up-and-coming young scholars.


For further details, contact Dylan Pahman, executive editor, Journal of Markets & Morality, dpahman@acton.org.