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Share of married Americans is falling, but they still pay most of the nation’s income taxes
Anthony Cilluffo, Pew Research

While the share of U.S. adults who are married has been falling steadily over the past 40 years, married people continue to earn most of the nation’s income and pay the vast majority of income taxes, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of IRS tax administration data.

Education for Prisoners Won’t Just Improve Their Lives, It’ll Improve the Entire Nation
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

“Higher education is one of the first rungs on the ladder to economic freedom and social mobility,” the report notes. “Too many formerly incarcerated Americans never climb this ladder — or reach for it at all.”

The Calvinist Roots of American Social Order: Calvin, Witherspoon, and Madison
Ian Speir, Public Discourse

Witherspoon and Madison’s Calvinist theology and political philosophy imparted a firm belief that self-interest could be harnessed, ambition checked, and power balanced within government so that liberty and the common good were made secure.

Bishop: Central African Republic missions attacked for economic reasons
Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service

Two Catholic missions in Central African Republic about 270 miles from the capital, Bangui, were targeted by former militants. According to the vice president of the Central African Republic bishops’ conference the violence was not motivated by religious reasons but economic ones.

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).