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PowerLinks 05.18.17

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The role of religious freedom today
Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux

The former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2005-2008), Francis Rooney, says due to its stabilizing role in society, religious freedom can be used as a “soft power” weapon to deter extremist ideologies, as evidenced by Holy See diplomacy. Rooney points to the Vatican using inter-religious dialogue as a platform to nurture an exchange of ideas oriented toward finding an Islamic rationale to combat extremist ideology.

Public Divides Over Environmental Regulation and Energy Policy
Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy, Pew Research

Americans lean toward regulations – not economic markets alone – as the most effective way to increase reliance on renewable energy, but they are evenly split on the question of whether fewer regulations can be used to protect air and water

A Short Theology of Financial Giving
Andrew Wilson, Think Theology

This short interview with Steve Tibbert, senior pastor at King’s Church London, is a masterclass on how to talk about money.

Why Environmentalists Need to Understand Economics
Steven Horwitz, FEE

One of the trickiest set of issues for defenders of free enterprise is environmental concerns, especially large-scale ones like climate change. W

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).