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In Faith and Economics, economics professors Dr. Russ McCullough and Dr. Peter Jacobsen and philosophy professor Dr. Justin Clarke discuss big issues that impact economic freedom and human flourishing from a Christian perspective. This podcast is an initiative of the Gwartney Institute at Ottawa University.
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Russ and Levi interview Dr. Jim Gwartney, our institute's namesake. This is a wide-ranging discussion on Jim's life, experience at Ottawa University, and his opinions on the state of the world economy. Common Sense Economics book
This week's podcast episode is on the social trust of certain institutions. There is information out that says the younger generation has a decrease in trust for many different institutions like the government, scientists, and police. This podcast idea was brought up after one of the institutions that is decreasing is the church. Listen to what the team's thoughts are on this topic. The Gallup poll link is below:
This week's podcast the Gwartney team welcomes Dr. Rachel Ferguson back to the show. The podcast this week a more on the faith side talking about how old testament laws can shape Christians today. The idea for the podcast was from Dr. Rachel Ferguson and Dr. Russ McCullough after they both listened to a podcast from the Biblical Mind group. Their podcast has "Dr. Carmen Imes, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Alberta, Canada, talks with Dr. Dru Johnson about the role of the Old Testament laws. Fulfilling individual Old Testament laws is meant to shape the wisdom and character of God's people in response to God's already accomplished work of salvation. Dr. Imes talks about biblical oath-making, the difference between ancient and modern views of law codes, and how God secures his faithfulness by swearing on Himself. If we learn to read the law as an extension of our love for God, we can see how the practices and guidance of the Torah can shape our modern life as Christians." The Gwartney team shares their thoughts about what they though of this podcast and their thoughts on the Law. The link to the biblical mind podcast is below:
The podcast this week is about the children's books that were banned recently. The author is Dr. Suess and 6 of his books have been pulled from the shelfs and banned in many libraries around the country. See what the professors have to say, and what economic, philosophical, and faith principles can be woven into a situation like this. We had a mic malfunction for the first 5 minutes of the podcast so the audio might not be the best quality until the mark of 5:57 in the podcast.  Enjoy!!
This week the Gwartney team talks about a Universal Basic Income or UBI. Give a listen to what our professors think about a universal income. Will it ever be put into place where it can work? 
Another Faith and Economics podcast with the Gwartney Team! This week's show talks about fairness in negotiations. Are all negotiations fair? The team takes a look at Dr. McCullough's negotiations fairness theorem and the team decides if it can be applied to all negotiations. What qualifies a negotiation as being fair? Find out what the team thinks about these questions by listening to our show. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about the constitution. The last two weeks have been focused on rights so we thought it was appropriate to bring the constitution into the conversation. The constitution gives us rights to follow, but should we still have faith in it after this long? 
This week the Gwartney team talks about rights again. Are these rights god given or decided on a majority of what the people believe is true. Enjoy! 
The Gwartney team this week talk about rights. What are rights? The team discusses the issues around the nationally mandated lockdowns, and if they infringed on your rights. Give it a listen! 
In this week's podcast the Gwartney team talks about the phrase, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." The phrase has become a widely quoted summary of the relationship between Christianity, secular government, and society. The original message, coming in response to a question of whether it was lawful for Jews to pay taxes to Caesar, gives rise to multiple possible interpretations about the circumstances under which it is desirable for Christians to submit to earthly authority. Here what the team's thoughts are on this phrase in today's world, enjoy!
This week the Gwartney team talks about an event that has been all over the news. The stock price of GameStop flew through the roof this last week because of some Reddit users on WallStreetBets. Give a listen to what the team thinks about this recent craze on Wall Street and how faith can be brought into the discussion. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about the first amendment. The team tries to define the meaning of free speech in our own words. Then the team tries to get to the real meaning of free speech since there isn't that clear of a definition out there. Then the team adds in a little bit of faith. Enjoy! 
This week on the show the Gwartney Institute talks about biblical anthropology and economic systems. We have special guest Dr. Jeff Haymond, Dean of the School of Business Administration and Professor of Economics at Cedarville University. Enjoy the mix of economics and faith during this episode. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about what happened at the Capital. This steers the conversation into the powers of the United States President. Do our President's have too much power, or not enough? Give it a listen. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about consumerism and gift-giving. The team discusses what consumerism is, and why it's a hot topic during the holiday season. The team also brings the faith aspect into the discussion and then finally answering if consuming during the holidays is good for the economy. Enjoy!  
This week the Gwartney team has on a special guest Galen the CEO of Urbit. We get to hear from him about what Urbit is and he answers all the questions that help the everyday person understand the importance of what their doing with Urbit 
This week the Gwartney team talks about environmentalism and resource use. There is effectively no difference between what people call renewable and nonrenewable resources is what Dr. Jacobsen says. Give a listen to what the professors have to say about this topic. 
This week the Gwartney team talks about Dr.  Peter Jacobsen's defense of his dissertation. Peter's dissertation was three papers, but the team discusses only one on the show. This paper is called More Than Labor. Enjoy.
The Gwartney team this week talks about The Great Reset. There is a video attached below that helps explain what the World Economic Forum is proposing. We advise watching this short video first, then giving the podcast a listen. The link is below, Enjoy.
This week the Gwartney team talks about the airline overbooking problem. After Dr. Peter Jacobsen introduces us to the problem and the solution the team ties his paper into faith and fairness with market solutions. Enjoy! 
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