Ken Elzinga: C.S. Lewis and Freedom

Monday, April 12 at 7:00pm

Virtual Event

What happens when the 20th century’s most prominent Christian apologist encounters the founder of the discipline of economics? That is, what would happen if C.S. Lewis met Adam Smith? Though this encounter could not happen in real time, Dr. Kenneth G. Elzinga contends that the writings of C.S. Lewis fit comfortably within what Adam Smith called the “obvious and simple system of natural liberty.” In fact, the Christian faith, as espoused and defended by Lewis, is an ally of free market conservatives and libertarians against the Leviathan state.  As one digs into Lewis’s writings, one finds a perspective that aligns with what Adam Smith called his “inquiry into the wealth of nations.” Dr. Elzinga's lecture, hosted by the college's Markets & Morality student organization, is open to the campus and public via livestream.

Kenneth G. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia where he has been a member of the faculty since 1967. Each fall, Dr. Elzinga’s introductory economics course attracts over one thousand students and is the largest class offered at the University of Virginia. His Antitrust Policy seminar, which is taught using the Socratic method, often has a waiting list of two years. Mr. Elzinga’s major research interest is antitrust economics, especially pricing strategy and market definition. He has testified in several precedent-setting antitrust cases, and was the economic expert for the prevailing parties in three Supreme Court cases: Matsushita, Brooke Group, and Leegin. The author of more than one hundred academic publications, he also is known for four mystery novels (under the pen name Marshall Jevons) where the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve the crime. Dr. Elzinga has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.


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Academics, Social Sciences Division, Economics and Business, Live Streaming

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