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Are Hobbits For Hippies? Or, How Would J.R.R. Tolkien Vote?
Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards, The Federalist

Here’s what we can learn about J.R.R. Tolkien’s views of man and government from The Hobbit.

The US doesn’t have a good way of determining who’s poor
Jilly Stephens, Quartz

In New York City—the most expensive city in the US—a two-adult, two-child family is considered poor if it earns less than $30,949 a year. The federal government sets the level at about $23,000.

Popular Pope Francis takes own path in Vatican
David Willey, BBC

In the course of 2014 Pope Francis consolidated his position as one of the most popular pontiffs of modern times, more popular even than the recently-sainted Pope John Paul II.

‘They Are Willing to Die for What Most Christians Are Barely Willing to Live For’
Interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner

Heartbreaking is to hear how much some people so desire to pray in their village church again. Not this Christmas. Not with ISIS intent on the extinction of Christianity there.

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).

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