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Dordt Writes event features Professor John Visser

April 8, 2013

Business and Economics Professor John Visser’s book, The Crossroad of Poverty and Prosperity: The Impact of Religious Beliefs and Worldviews on Economic Outcomes, will be the featured book at the upcoming “Dordt Writes” event, which celebrates books written by Dordt College authors.

The event will be hosted and held in the John and Louise Hulst Library on Dordt’s campus on Friday, April 12, at 11 a.m. All are invited to share a cup of coffee and a cookie and hear Visser talk briefly and answer questions about the book.

Inspired by opportunities he had to teach business and economics courses in Russia and China throughout the years, Visser explores the role religion plays in the development of a country. “I often pondered the similarities and the differences between the two communist countries, and wondered why Russia faced trouble in developing while China did not,” said Visser, who also explored the role that Christianity had played in the development of the United States.

Visser makes the case that beliefs and the values stemming from them may be the ultimate arbiters of both poverty and prosperity. Using research and examples from many belief systems and countries, he lays out an easy-to-understand interdisciplinary model of how individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, and governments contribute to, impede, or undermine wealth creation and economic development.

The book is available at the Dordt College Bookstore.

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