Are some countries destined to be poor? While traveling in Africa, seminary professor Dr. Wayne Grudem, was asked a troubling question by a local: “Why is Africa so poor? Are we under a curse?” Startled by this puzzling question, Dr. Grudem set out to find an answer. Grudem shares what he’s found during his search, and encourages those in wealthier countries not to blame themselves for the lack in the poorer countries, but instead to look at the poorer countries’ economics, which most often don’t support a free market system and hinders productivity among its people. Dr. Grudem also looks at the complicated problem of poverty and the Christian’s response to it.
Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, received his A.B. from Harvard, M.Div. from Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia), and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. He is a board member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author of more than a dozen books. He was the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married since 1969, and they have three grown sons.