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

PowerLinks 04.24.15

How Christianity invented children Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn’t exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.23.15

Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty George F. Will, Washington Post In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. We don’t know how many people around the world are living in poverty Sarah Shearman, Quartz We live in a era of big data, but developing countries are suffering from a data drought: governments and the international community know less about the world’s poorest than they think. Continue Reading...

Why We Should Celebrate Fossil Fuels on Earth Day

Every year on Earth Day events are held around the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. You aren’t likely to see any celebrations of fossil fuels, though, despite all the ways they have improved the environment for human life and flourishing. Continue Reading...

Going Back to the Grammar of Creation

“The primacy of God, which Pope Benedict XVI made a priority of his pontificate, reminds us that reality is intelligible and human reason must be used,” says Bishop Dominique Rey in this week’s Acton Commentary, “reason that is able to recognize the logos, the objective reason that manifests itself in nature.” Some radical environmental movements (such as those who embrace what is often called “deep ecology”) clearly derive their inspiration from a pagan pantheism, which leads to a deification of nature. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What is Earth Day?

What is Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.22.15

Reauthorizing the federal home visiting program was the right thing to do Katharine B. Stevens, AEI Ideas Home visiting helps young, low-income mothers during pregnancy and through the critical first years of their babies’ lives—building mothers’ competence in caring for their children and themselves, and enabling parents to better fulfill their role as their children’s “first teachers.” Hundreds Drown, Dozens of Christians Beheaded as Libya Festers The American Interest Hundreds of migrants—as many as 700—drowned off the coast of Libya this weekend, in one of the greatest disasters of what has already become an out-of-control refugee crisis. Continue Reading...

What Would Lord Acton Think of Superman?

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” is the most famous quote by the English Catholic historian Sir John Dalberg-Acton. It also appears to be the overriding theme of the recent teaser-trailer for the movie Batman v. Continue Reading...