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God and Man in Russia
Seth Mandel, Commentary

Putin is not meting out such punishment to defend or to glorify the church. He is taking a wrecking ball to the church once again, even if only metaphorically. By tying the Russian Orthodox Church to his regime’s repression, he is ruining it in the public consciousness.

Anti-NSA Conservative, Choose: Antonin Scalia’s Originalism or Rand Paul’s Living Constitutionalism
Carl Scott, Postmodern Conservative

[Y]ou gotta choose: Paul’s libertarian living constitutionalism or Scalia’s originalism. You don’t get to be an originalist only when it lines up with your policy preferences or political philosophy.

Welfare in the Roman Empire: Deja Vu All Over Again

Corporate and personal welfare in the Roman empire was very real, rather common, and, compared to current history, extremely surprising.

God the Entrepreneur
Brian Baugus, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Throughout the history of Christianity a sort of Christian hierarchy of accepted vocations emerged. At the top are those that answered “the call,” such as missionaries and others in full time church employment.

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).