The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Jay W. Richards – Assistant Research Professor


Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012). He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co-authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot.

Richards is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and executive editor of The Stream. In recent years he has been Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, Contributing Editor of The American at the American Enterprise Institute, a Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute.

Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, Forbes, The Daily Caller, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and a wide variety of other publications. He is a regular contributor to National Review Online, Christian Research Journal, and The Imaginative Conservative. His topics range from culture, economics, and public policy to natural science, technology, and the environment.

He is also creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including three that appeared widely on PBS—The Call of the Entrepreneur, The Birth of Freedom, and The Privileged Planet.

Richards’ work has been covered in The New York Times (front page news, science news, and editorial), The Washington Post (news and editorial), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Physics Today, Reuters, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Enterprise, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, World, National Catholic Register, and American Spectator.

An experienced public speaker, Richards has appeared on several hundred radio and television programs, including Larry King Live (CNN), Huckabee, Dayside, Fox and Friends, Studio B with Shepard Smith (Fox News), Glenn Beck TV, Yahoo Finance, Life Today, PBS, CBN, and TBN, The Michael Medved Show, The Mitch Albom Show, The Thom Hartmann Program, The Dennis Prager Show, Linda Chavez, The Mark Davis Show, The Bible Answer Man, Janet Parshall’s America, Al Kresta, Teresa Tomeo, Drew Mariani, Cardinal Dolan, and many others.

He has lectured at conferences as diverse as the Western Economic Association, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Evangelical Theological Society; on dozens of college and university campuses; at think tanks, including the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, the New America Foundation and the Heritage Foundation; at numerous public policy meetings, such as the Heritage Resource Bank, the Council for National Policy, and the Atlas Freedom Forum; in Christian forums such as Legatus and Catholic Professionals, and on several occasions to members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. congressional staff. In January 2008, his debate with the late Christopher Hitchens at Stanford University, moderated by Ben Stein and Michael Cromartie, was broadcast live to several hundred North American churches.

Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion. He lives with his family in the Washington DC Metro area.


Research and Writing

Infiltrated (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013). (#4 Hardback nonfiction New York Times bestseller, #2 business bestseller, New York Times, September 2013).

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It’s Too Late, with James Robison (Hachette/FaithWords and Ignatius, 2012). (#5 hardback nonfiction New York Times bestseller, #2 Wall Street Journal).

The Hobbit Party: The Political and Economic Vision that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot, with Jonathan Witt (forthcoming Ignatius Books, 2014).

Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and not the Problem (HarperCollins, HarperOne, May 2009).

Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty, editor and introduction (Heritage Foundation, 2009).

God and Evolution, editor and multiple contributor (Discovery Institute Press, 2010).

Environmental Stewardship in the Judeo-Christian Tradition, editor and introduction (Acton Institute, 2007). Over 200,000 copies in print.

The Privileged Planet: How our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery, with Guillermo Gonzalez (Regnery Publishers, 2004).

The Untamed God: A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection, Immutability and Simplicity (InterVarsity Press, 2003).

Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong Artificial Intelligence editor and contributor, with George Gilder, Ray Kurzweil, William Dembski, John Searle, Michael Denton and Thomas Ray (Discovery Institute Press, 2002).

Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies, editor and multiple contributor, with William Dembski (InterVarsity Press, 2001).


Book Contributions
“Conclusion,” in For the Least of These, ed. By Anne Bradley and Art Lindsley (Nashville: Westbow Press, 2014).

“Economy Hits Home” monograph series [six monographs: 1. economic growth, 2. entitlements, 3. energy and environment, 4. poverty, 5. regulation, 6. international trade], general editor, compiler, and writer (Heritage Foundation, 2009).

“On Invisible Hands and Intelligent Design: Must Classical Liberals also Embrace Darwinian Theory?” in Darwinism and Classical Liberalism, edited by Steve Dilley (Washington, DC: Lexington Books, 2013).

“Mastering the Vernacular,” in The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, ed. John West (Discovery Institute Press, 2012).

“Divine Simplicity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” in For Faith and Clarity: Philosophical Contributions to Theology, ed. James Beilby (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006).

“Charles Hartshorne’s Critique of Christian Classical Theism: Separating the Chaff from the Wheat,” in Metaphysics, Analysis and the Grammar of God: Process and Analytic Voices in Dialogue edited by Randy Ramal (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010).

“The Pale Blue Dot Revisited,” with Guillermo Gonzalez, Evidence for God, ed. William Dembski and Michael Licona (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010).

“Designed for Discovery,” with Guillermo Gonzalez, Evidence for God, ed. William Dembski and Michael Licona (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010).

“Foreword,” in Steven Hayward, Mere Environmentalism: A Biblical Perspective on Humans and the Natural World (Washington DC: AEI Press, 2010).

“Foreword,” The Patristic Understanding of Creation, ed. William Dembski, Wayne J. Downs, and Fr. Justin B.A. Frederick (Riesel, TX: Erasmus, 2010).

“How Phillip Johnson Changed My Mind,” in Darwin’s Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement, ed. William Dembski (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006).

“Why Are We Here?” in Intelligent Design 101, edited by H. Wayne House (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2008).

“The Contemporary Argument for Design: An Overview,” in Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics, edited by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Academic, 2007).

“The Basic Ideas of Intelligent Design, in Intelligent Design?: An Intellectual Challenge, edited by Maziar. H. Etemaid and Peter Øhrstrøm (Aalborg, Denmark: Aalborg University Press, 2007).

“The Apologetic Value of Intelligent Design,” in Signs of Intelligence: A Primer on the Discernment of Intelligent Design, ed. William Dembski and James Kushiner (Grand Rapids: Brazos Books, March 2001).

Documentary Productions
Executive Producer, story, script editor, The Call of the Entrepreneur (Acton Media, 2007)

Executive Producer, story, script editor, The Birth of Freedom (Acton Media, 2008)

Executive Producer, script editor, Effective Stewardship (Zondervan, 2009)

Script editor, story, and technical consultant for the documentary The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe (Illustra Media, 2004)

Script editor and consultant for The Case for a Creator (Illustra Media, 2006)

Academic Articles (sample)
“Are strong protections of private property rights necessary for species preservation? A Response to Frederick Krueger.” Journal of Markets & Morality (November 2000): 247-53, 258-60.

“Truth and Meaning in George Lindbeck’s The Nature of Doctrine.” Religious Studies 33, no. 1 (March 1997): 33-53.

“Howard Van Till’s Robust Formational Economy Principle as a Critique of Intelligent Design Theory.” Philosophia Christi (May 2002).
“Can a Male Savior Save Women?: Gregory of Nazianzus on the Logos’ Assumption of Human Nature.” Christian Scholars’ Review XXVIII, no. 1 (fall 1998): 42-57.

“Many Worlds Hypotheses: A Naturalistic Alternative to Design.” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation) 49, no. 4 (December 1997).

“Barth on the Divine ‘Conscription’ of Language.” The Heythrop Journal 38, no. 3 (July 1997): 247-66.

“Avarice: Why it’s not a virtue.” Perspectives (incorporating the Reformed Journal) 11, no. 5 (May 1996): 4-6.

“Schleiermacher’s Divine Attributes: Their Coherence and Reference.” Encounter 57, no. 2 (spring 1996): 149-70.

“The Logic of Tolerance.” The Princeton Theological Review 4, no. 2 (May 1997): 2-12.

“Why should Christians be concerned with the Foundationalism/Antifoundationalism Debate?” The Princeton Theological Review 3, no. 3 (October 1996): 18-23.

“A Pascalian Argument Against Universalism.” The Princeton Theological Review 3, no. 2 (May 1996): 9-13. Reprinted in Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship Bulletin 13 (Nov./Dec. 1996): 9-14.

“Incarnation Models: Two-Minds and Kenosis.” The Princeton Theological Review 3, no. 1 (March 1996): 29-31.

“Is the Doctrine of the Incarnation Coherent?” The Princeton Theological Review 2, no. 3 (October 1995): 10-14.

“Naturalism in General and in Biblical Studies.” The Princeton Theological Review 5, no. 2 (April 1998).

Popular Articles (sample)
“How a Virtuous Housing Cycle Turned Vicious,” Harvard Business Review (August 8, 2013).

“In Defense of the Unabashedly Profitable,” Harvard Business Review (May 24, 2010).

“The Financial Crisis Explained: Why Complexity Wasn’t the Problem,”?The American (August 14, 2013)

“The Immateriality of Wealth,” The American (January 27, 2011).
“Why Libertarians Need God,” The Imaginative Conservative (March 2013).

“Should Libertarians Be Conservatives? The Tough Cases of Abortion and Marriage,” Public Discourse (April 25, 2012).

“I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords,” The American (February 19, 2011).

“Did Physics Kill God?” The American (November 3, 2010).
“Eight Questions about Wealth, Poverty, and Capitalism,” Stand Firm (September 2010).

“Thinking Clearly About God and Evolution,” Christian Research Journal 35, No. 1 (2011).

“Was the Early Church Communist?” Christian Research Journal 33, no. 4 (2010).

“Christianity and Health Care Reform,” Relevant Magazine (April 15, 2010).

“When to Doubt a Scientific Consensus,” The American (March 15, 2010).

“The Miser Versus the Entrepreneur,” The American (December 23, 2009).

“Greed is Not Good, and It’s Not Capitalism,” The American (October 15, 2009)

“Was Ayn Rand Right? Capitalism and Greed,” Christian Research Journal (cover article, July 2009).

“The Eights Myths Christians Believe about Wealth and Poverty,” Christian Research Journal (July 2009).

“Conservatives Need Good Documentaries,” Heritage Foundation Insider (winter 2009).

“Question Global Warming,” Boundless (Focus on the Family, Jan. 2009).

“What Would Jesus Drive?” National Review Online (Sept. 25, 2007).

“What Intelligent Design Is—and Isn’t,” Beliefnet (May 13, 2005).

“Are We Alone?,” with Guillermo Gonzalez, American Spectator (May 2004)

“Reality & Reluctant Science,” Touchstone (July/August 2004)

“Proud Obstacles & a Reasonable Hope: The Apologetic Value of Intelligent Design,” Touchstone (July/August 1999).

Editorials and Book Reviews (sample)
“The Behind the Scenes Cronyism that Helped Plant the Seeds of the Financial Crisis,” Forbes (September 13, 2013).

“Should Christians Be Socialists?” The Washington Post (August 15, 2011).

“Five Years of Financial Denial,” The Washington Times (September 1, 2013).

“The Chicken Inquisition,” with James Robison, The Wall Street Journal (August 2, 2012).

“A New Dog in the Fight: What Dodd-Frank Unleashed on the Financial Services Industry,” with Scott Powell, Barron’s (October 1, 2012).

“The HHS Mandate Contradicts the Christian View of Work,” The Daily Caller (January 27, 2014).

“Agency Created by Dodd-Frank Has Authoritarian Powers,” with Scott Powell, Investor’s Business Daily (July 18, 2012).

“How Cosmos Does Religious History Badly,” The Federalist (April 20, 2014).

“What’s Wrong with Inequality?” with Elise Amyx, Townhall (January 18, 2014).

“‘I, Pencil’ to ‘I, Smartphone’: Working Together for Good,” Investor’s Business Daily (August 14, 2012).

“Free Enterprise and Fiscal Sanity Aren’t Social Darwinism,” National Review Online (April 5, 2012).

“Why is Jim Wallis Denying that He Receives Grants from Deep-pocket Leftists like Soros?” National Review Online (August 17, 2011).

“Soros Funding of Sojourners is Only the Tip of the Iceberg,” National Review Online (August 25, 2011).

“Opposing the Culture of Contraception,” Patheos (May 20, 2011).

“Accepting the Obvious: Faith is an Integral Part of American Public Life,” with James Robison, The Huffington Post (March 5, 2012).

“Income Mobility, Not Income Gaps,” with Anne Bradley, Town Hall (April 1, 2012).

“Goldman Sachs, Greed, and Self-Interest,” with Anne Bradley, The Washington Times (March 16, 2012).

“Currency of the Founders,” with James Robison, The Washington Times (February 17, 2012).

“Obama Pushes Social Issues to the Front of the 2012 Election,” with James Robison, The Christian Post (February 15, 2012)

“Faith-Based Contradiction,” The Church Report (Nov. 9, 2009).

“Applying the Faith to Politics Isn’t as Easy as It Looks,” The Church Report (October 12, 2009).

“Bad Faith,” The Church Report (October 26, 2009)

“The Missing Link: Religion and Economic Freedom,” The Washington Times (Jan. 30, 2008).

“Carbon Dioxide’s Day in Court, Acton Institute Commentary (Nov. 29, 2006).

“God and Man in the Environmental Debate,” Acton Institute Commentary (Nov. 30, 2005).

“Good Reason to Shoot for the Moon,” with G. Gonzalez, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (January 21, 2004).

“Cosmic Grandeur,” review of A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, Touchstone (July/August 2007).

Review of Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, by Glen Stassen and David Gushee, Journal of Markets & Morality 7, no. 1 (2004).

“Darwinism and Design,” The Washington Post (August 21, 1999).

“Natural Selection found in report on science education,” with Jonathan Wells, The Washington Times (October 8, 2000).

“Conference on naturalism in science begins important dialogue amid ongoing controversy.” Research News and Opportunities (September 2000).

Editorial on science education with Jonathan Wells. Seattle Post-Intelligencer (August 12, 1999).

“Intelligent Design Theory: Why it Matters.” Intellectual (February 25–March 4, 1999), volume 4, issue 8. Reprinted in Discovery Institute Views (summer 1999).

Review of At the End of an Age, by John Lukacs, Touchstone (December 2002).

“The Evolving Debate over Origins: Review of B.B. Warfield: Evolution, Science and Scripture. Selected Writings, ed. Mark Noll and David Livingstone,” Touchstone (October 2001).

Review of A Case against Accident and Self-Organization. The Princeton Theological Review 5, no. 2 (April 1998).

Review of Jesus Under Fire. The Princeton Theological Review 4, no. 3 (Oct. 1997), 23-4.

Review of Objections Sustained. Human Events (Jan. 29, 1999): 98.

Editorials for The Princeton Theological Review (1995-1998).



In His Words ...

Pope Benedict XVI has said that today, “we need a maximum of specialized economic understanding, but also a maximum of ethos so that specialized economic understanding may enter the service of the right goals.” It is exciting and inspiring to be part of an academic program committed to both these goals.– Jay W. Richards



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Ph.D., Theology and Philosophy
Princeton Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary

Calvin Theological Seminary

B.A., Political Science and Religion
Southwestern University


Areas of Expertise

  • Political philosophy and theology
  • Intelligent design


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