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Jerry Ford, Faith, Free Markets and Michael Novak in Grand Rapids
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

The rebirth of American confidence and prosperity was fueled by new intellectual ammunition for democracy and free markets. Chief among them was Catholic philsopher Michael Novak’s 1982 Spirit of Democratic Capitalism. Novak provided theological and moral arguments for limited government and free enterprise.

Adam Smith: The Morality of the Invisible Hand
Gertrude Himmelfarb, Standpoint

“Das Adam Smith Problem” — that problem was put to us a century-and-a-half ago by a German economist (August Oncken, little known today except for that memorable phrase), and we are still wrestling with it. At issue is the apparent contradiction between The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments — between the political economist and the moral philosopher.

The Bible Appreneur: An Interview with Bobby Gruenewald, Founder of YouVersion
Robert Crosby, Patheos

The YouVersion Bible app has been downloaded fifty million times. How did it get started—and what’s next?

The separation of church and business
Barnabas Piper, WORLD

During a recent conversation with my boss he told me, “A Christian business isn’t a church.” Having worked at a Christian business for most of the past seven years, I resonated with the insight he gave.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).