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).

Posts by Joe Carter

What Pope Francis needs to say about wealth

In his most recent homily Pope Francis said that amassing wealth—both money and land—while children suffer and die is a morally unacceptable form of idolatry. There’s an “idolatry that kills,” said Francis, that makes “human sacrifices” by those who are hungry of money, land and wealth, who have “a lot” in front of “hungry children who have no medicine, no education, who are abandoned.” From a biblical perspective, Francis is correct. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.23.17

Millennial Malaise: Why Young People Are Turning to Socialism Jacob Bruggeman, Values & Capitalism Translating the collectivist impulse into government action has been shown to result only in unspeakable horrors. What is more, the post-Cold War capitalist order has not, in fact, failed—as socialist regimes, their downfalls so painfully memorable, have—and the data are conclusive. Continue Reading...
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PowerLinks 10.20.17

Millennials Love Capitalism—They Just Don’t Know It Christine Rosen, The Weekly Standard “I want to start by acknowledging the indigenous people of this land and honor them. Nonindigenous people are guests on this land.” Global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says Catholic News Agency John Pontifex, the editor of a new report on worldwide Christian persecution, says that “In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history. Continue Reading...
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An evangelical manifesto on wealth creation

Earlier this year two evangelical groups, the Lausanne Movement and BAM Global, met in Thailand to “discuss various aspects of wealth creation, including justice, poverty, Biblical foundation, wealth creators, stewardship of creation and the role of the church.” During the meeting 30 people from 20 nations, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia, put together the Wealth Creation Manifesto: Affirmations 1. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.19.17

A Tax Proposal That Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty Gene B. Sperling, The Atlantic The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the country’s most effective anti-poverty policies, but it mostly leaves out a huge segment of workers: those without children. Continue Reading...
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Protectionism is economic suicide

The most charitable assumption you can make about people who support tariffs and other forms of protectionism is that they are economically illiterate. But if they are able to demonstrate they understand the economics of protectionism and still support such policies, then we are justified in assuming they don’t care about harming their neighbor. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.18.17

Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons Bob Smietana, Baptist Press In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits–including churches — from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Continue Reading...
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How close are we to ending extreme poverty?

Today is the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the UN General Assembly designating October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.90 per person per day. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.18.17

Are Free Minds and Free Markets Compatible With Christianity? Stephanie Slade, Reason.com A baker’s dozen Christian libertarians weigh in. Is ‘Classical Liberalism’ Conservative? Yoram Hazony, Wall Street Journal Trump didn’t divide the right. Continue Reading...
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