David Brat’s victory over Rep. Eric Cantor was a shocker, leading to the lightning-fast unearthing of Brat’s writings, such as those calling for Christians to “rise up” in defense of capitalism. But Brat is part of a bigger movement in recent years of overtly religious economists, particularly of the conservative Christian variety.
The rise of the Randolph-Macon College economist, who defeated Cantor in the Republican primary for the Virginia 7th Congressional District,comes as Pope Francis forces questions about theology and ethics onto a field that has often been hostile to the spiritual. How much the two men agree on, however, remains to be seen.
Jordan J. Ballor, a research fellow at the Acton Institute, a religion and liberty think tank, said Brat is part of a growing and more visible overlap between economic and religious conservatives.
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