In the wake of the global financial crisis, the inevitable question arises as to whether the rules and values that were in place to safeguard the capitalist system have failed or whether the system itself is in need of an overhaul. In addition to considering regulatory changes, many commentators have called for a serious reflection on the morals and ethics underpinning the system and, in particular, the concept of the common good. Listen to a discussion on how the economic crisis has presented us with an opportunity to revisit and reevaluate our core values as citizens of a global community.
Jim Wallis is president and chief executive officer of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. His recent books include The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post–Religious Right America and God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, both of which appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list. An international commentator on religion and public life, faith and politics, he is a frequent publisher of columns in major newspapers, and regularly appears on radio and television. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Eboo Patel is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement. Author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, Patel is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. He is a member of President Obama's Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is a board member at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
Recorded Thursday, January 21, 2010 at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.