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

The Frontier Spirit of ‘The Martian’

A new film set on Mars taps into the quintessential American story, says Dylan Pahman in this week’s Acton Commentary. After the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel to outer space in 1961, Nikita Khrushchev remarked, “Gagarin flew into space, but didn’t see any god there.” The Soviets would not pass up an opportunity to deride religion, even though, reportedly, Gagarin himself was a Russian Orthodox Christian. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.22.15

Americans are more afraid of corrupt government officials than terrorist attacks or economic collapse Bonnie Kristian, The Week A poll conducted by Chapman University found that Americans’ greatest fear — above terrorist attacks, economic collapse, biological warfare, and more — is corrupt government officials. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.21.15

UK: Counter-terrorism Bill risks branding Christians as ‘extremists’ Various, The Telegraph Leaders of evangelical organisations and churches voice their concerns over Theresa May’s extremism disruption orders. Silicon Harlem Showcases How Free Markets Empower People Of Color Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives Charisse Taylor, Director of Youth Career Connect at New York City’s Department of Education, summed up the sentiment from many of her fellow panelists at the annual Silicon Harlem Tech Conference on Friday. Continue Reading...

How Should Christians Think About Socialism?

Calling a political candidate a “socialist” used to be a political slur. In almost every U.S. election over the past hundred years there have been conservatives who have claimed a major political party candidate running for president was—whether they admitted it or not—a socialist. Continue Reading...

Zambia Asks God to Save Their Currency

Will God save the kwacha? The Zambian kwacha—what some are currently calling the “world’s worst currency”—has been falling against the dollar for most of the past year. This currency crisis prompted Zambian President Edgar Lungu to call for a national day of prayer and fasting last Sunday. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.20.15

Religious freedom facing increased threats, US report finds Bradley Klapper, Associated Press The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Continue Reading...

What’s the Real Problem with Payday Loans?

Since its inception in the 1990s, the payday lending industry has grown at an astonishing pace. Currently, there are about 22,000 payday lending locations—more than two for every Starbucks—that originate an estimated $27 billion in annual loan volume. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.19.15

The Case for Private Property: A (New) Natural Law Analysis Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse At a time when debates about economic inequality occupy significant attention in the public square, Adam MacLeod offers a fresh way forward for thinking about private property and its contribution to the common good by rooting property rights in a robust account of freedom and human flourishing. Continue Reading...