Arthur Brooks chats with students from Wheaton College after an event

Our most recent events…

Purpose & Prosperity 2011

On June 9-11, 2011, we hosted a conference here at the American Enterprise Institute entitled “Purpose & Prosperity: Exploring the Confluence of Faith, Economics, and Public Policy.”

Over 60 students from 15 schools, 20 faculty members, 4 AEI staffers, and 2 pink flamingos gathered in DC to discuss the relationship between values and capitalism. From Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon, we discussed issues including environmental policy, social security, how trade works, and the morality of democratic capitalism.

More information and highlight videos from the event are available.

I Hope I Die Before I Get Old

America’s Long Term Budget Crisis and “The Call for Intergenerational Justice

Wednesday, April 20

American Enterprise Institute

Washington, DC

For more information visit the event page at

Here’s an idea that probably isn’t discussed too much on Capitol Hill: Evaluate fiscal reform in terms of biblical principles, specifically stewardship, prudence, and concern for the poor.  That’s what the leadership of Evangelicals for Social Action and The Center for Public Justice recently encouraged in an open letter to the Christian Community. At this event, an “intergenerational” panel of prominent signatories will join with leaders who have criticized the letter to discuss and debate how Christians should think about government spending priorities.


GIDEON STRAUSS, Center for Public Justice

JORDAN BALLOR, Acton Institute

RON SIDER, Evangelicals for Social Action

JENNIFER MARSHALL, Heritage Foundation

JONATHAN MERRITT, Cross Pointe Church


  • Just Thoughts

    The path he chose was a path going in the opposite direction of many his age, but he chose it with the same thirst for swift achievement. As soon as he reflected seriously on it, he was convinced and convicted of the existence of God and of the immortality of the soul, and at once he instinctively said to himself: 'I want to live for immortality with Him and I will accept no compromise.' -Dostoevsky, Brothers K