Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson is Senior Editor at the Acton Institute.

Posts by Rev. Ben Johnson

Why did medieval monks preserve pagan literature?

Many educated people – though perhaps not enough – know that it was medieval monks who preserved classical culture. Between their daily offices, the monks huddled in their cells by candlelight to copy the great cultural artifacts of Western civilization. Continue Reading...

Macron’s African statement ignores human ingenuity

A French media outlet has captured an otherwise unnoticed comment from French President Emmanuel Macron that Africa is overpopulated. When asked about a possible “Marshall Plan for Africa,” Macron listed among the continent’s current problems the need for “demographic transition,” lamenting the fact that some African “countries still have seven to eight children per woman.” His concerns seem particularly worth examining today on World Population Day. Continue Reading...

Can this transatlantic policy make America great again?

As the United States prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, too many American workers are on a permanent vacation. Seven million American men in their prime working years are not working nor actively seeking work, something that inflicts a multitude of harms upon them and society as a whole. Continue Reading...