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What Pope Francis needs to say about wealth

In his most recent homily Pope Francis said that amassing wealth—both money and land—while children suffer and die is a morally unacceptable form of idolatry. There’s an “idolatry that kills,” said Francis, that makes “human sacrifices” by those who are hungry of money, land and wealth, who have “a lot” in front of “hungry children who have no medicine, no education, who are abandoned.” From a biblical perspective, Francis is correct. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.23.17

Millennial Malaise: Why Young People Are Turning to Socialism Jacob Bruggeman, Values & Capitalism Translating the collectivist impulse into government action has been shown to result only in unspeakable horrors. What is more, the post-Cold War capitalist order has not, in fact, failed—as socialist regimes, their downfalls so painfully memorable, have—and the data are conclusive. Continue Reading...
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Christian influence over the common law, remembered at last

Christianity planted the seed that germinated into Western thought for two millennia. Yet the contributions of the faith, and its practitioners, remain unsung, underappreciated, and unheralded in an ever-secularizing west – a fact remedied in part by the book Great Christian Jurists in English History, edited by Hill and Helmholz. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.20.17

Millennials Love Capitalism—They Just Don’t Know It Christine Rosen, The Weekly Standard “I want to start by acknowledging the indigenous people of this land and honor them. Nonindigenous people are guests on this land.” Global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says Catholic News Agency John Pontifex, the editor of a new report on worldwide Christian persecution, says that “In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history. Continue Reading...
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Report: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizes ‘sycophants of the system’ at Acton dinner

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was warmly welcomed at the Acton Institute’s 27th Annual Dinner on Wednesday night and won applause for her plans to promote innovation and choice in schools. According to an article on her speech published on the MLive news site, she told dinner attendees that “we can amplify the voices of families that only want better for their kids, we can assist states who are working to further empower parents, and we can urge those who haven’t to start.” The “outdated education model” is to blame for the present lack of school choice DeVos stated, and it is this “”antiquated approach, which, incidentally, is being imitated today by too many private and parochial schools as well, fails families by forcing them into the same one-size-fits-all box.” MLive reporter Brian McVicar noted that “DeVos also touched on the status of education” in her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue Reading...

An evangelical manifesto on wealth creation

Earlier this year two evangelical groups, the Lausanne Movement and BAM Global, met in Thailand to “discuss various aspects of wealth creation, including justice, poverty, Biblical foundation, wealth creators, stewardship of creation and the role of the church.” During the meeting 30 people from 20 nations, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia, put together the Wealth Creation Manifesto: Affirmations 1. Continue Reading...