The Greatest Good: Nil Sine Numine
The Greatest Good: Nil Sine Numine is a project to promote understanding of how faith and enterprise are each necessary in the flourishing of individuals and communities. The “Greatest Good” refers to the common concept in the field of social enterprise of the “greater good,” wherein businesses incorporate social and environmentally responsible goals into their business objectives. However, we chose the term “Greatest Good” as a reflection that the true telos of humanity is spiritual in nature rather than simply anthropological or environmental. The Latin phrase we chose is Colorado’s state motto, which means “Nothing without the Deity,” and not only reinforces what we view to be the “Greatest Good” but also connects to the geographical location of this project: Denver, Colorado.
Christian Schlenker is a senior at Colorado Christian University where he is earning double majors in Theology and Global Studies. He has visited nine different countries where he has witnessed the impact of enterprise-based ministry. His passion is to see underdeveloped countries experience economic and communal growth through business. This growth can help people experience the Gospel by providing for their physical needs. Christian is also married, and his wife works directly with marketing and communications for enterprise-based ministries.
Gillian Foster is a senior at Colorado Christian University where she serves as chaplain on the women’s varsity basketball team and triple majors in Business Administration, Political Science, and Global Studies. She explored the idea of social enterprise while working as research assistant in international business and development, traveling abroad, and learning from business and political leaders. Gillian hopes to see faith and free enterprise transform lives by engaging theory and best practices.
Values and Capitalism
Greatest Good: Nil Sine Numine started as a project funded by a mini-grant from the Values and Capitalism initiative at the American Enterprise Institute. Values and Capitalism explores the moral and material nature of a market economy. The project emphasizes how the free enterprise system both creates wealth and rests upon traditional American values. Values and Capitalism’s publications and events are intended primarily for college students, with a particular emphasis on engaging Christian students in a discussion on the compatibility of their faith and the system of free enterprise. For more information, visit http://www.valuesandcapitalism.com/
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. Our community of interdependent students, faculty, and staff seeks to honor and obey Jesus Christ, who is present in Spirit and speaks in Scripture, and to advance God’s purposes in the lives of every member. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world. For more information, visit http://www.ccu.edu/