Kurt Schaefer April 24, 2009
Noon - 1 pm in the Federal Room (IU room 25)
(located in the lower level of the Illini Union on the north side)
(Bring a lunch or purchase from adjacent restaurants in the Union lower level)
LISTEN TO THIS TALK
Title: Slave, Master, Husband, Wife,
The Economic Context of the New Testament Household Codes
Abstract: The New Testament’s “household
codes”--passages dealing with household relationships among
husband, wife, slaves and children--are all references to the
default economics text of first-century Mediterranean culture, the
household codes that derive from Aristotle and the Stoics. The
was taken to be the
natural basic element of the economy, and its proper ordering was a
fundamental economic issue. By reading the New Testament documents
in this cultural context, I hope to offer something fresh to
discussions about gender and race that have deeply divided the
Christian community and separated it from other people of good
Kurt C. Schaefer
(Ph.D., Economics, University of
Michigan, 1984) has taught at Calvin College since 1987, after
teaching at Hamilton College (Clinton, New York). His publications
have considered the uses and misuses of data and modeling in
analyzing human affairs, with article-length considerations of
third-world development programs, the effects of the U.S. welfare
programs on illegitimacy and work effort, the study of workplace
discrimination, benchmarking academic publication productivity,
adolescent alcohol and drug use, the dynamics of religious
congregations, and the use of economic models in international
Schaefer has directed (2004-2007) Calvin’s Center for Social Research, with an annual portfolio of six dozen grant- and contract-funded research projects from across the social sciences. He has been called on for expert legal testimony in a half-dozen cases involving mathematical modeling of financial losses, and has directed Calvin’s semester-abroad programs in Hungary and Britain. He received (with John Mason) the 1991 Christian Scholars Award given by the Christian Scholars Review. Schaefer serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Christian Economists (USA) and managing editor of Faith and Economics. He has served as an elder and musician in his church (Church of the Servant Christian Reformed Church), and is a Master of Theological Studies student at Calvin Theological Seminary. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Anne and their two children.
Kurt and his wife Anne were involved in InterVarsity as undergraduates at Bradley University and Kurt also as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.
The photo above is Kurt driving "Stars and Stripes" in San Diego harbor.
See his Calvin College faculty bio page.