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

Garnett on the future of religious liberty

What is the future of religious liberty? Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) type laws, says Richard Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. In any society where there is (a) religious and moral diversity and (b) an active, regulatory welfare state, there will — necessarily — be conflicts and tensions between (i) duly enacted, majority-supported, generally applicable laws and (ii) some citizens’ religious beliefs and exercise. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.18.16

Why Catholics Built Secret Astronomical Features Into Churches to Help Save Souls Geoff Manaugh, Atlas Obscura In the process of researching the phenomenon, Heilbron uncovered a surprising story of cooperation not only between religion and science, but between precision astronomical observation and Catholic liturgy, between architectural design and the Christian calendar. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.17.16

No, the Majority of American Evangelicals Did Not Vote for Trump Joe Carter, TGC How did American evangelicals vote in the 2016 election? Based on polling data and news sources, you might be under the impression that an overwhelming number of evangelicals—more than 80 percent—voted for Donald Trump. Continue Reading...

What is biblical stewardship?

Here on the Acton PowerBlog we frequently talk about stewardship. But what is stewardship? And what does it mean in a Christian context? As R.C. Sproul explains, stewardship is a concept in the New Testament that describes and defines what it means to be a servant before Christ: Economics and the ethical and emotional issues that surround it are frequent topics of discussion and front-page news items. Continue Reading...

Dakota access pipeline’s real moral problem

“Environmental protests that spring up around development projects on tribal lands point to an underlying systematic injustice,” says Rev. Gregory Jensen in this week’s Acton Commentary. “Native Americans often lack property rights to their traditional lands and waters. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.16.16

Common Core Catastrophe Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse It is time to refocus President Trump’s attention upon Common Core and persuade him to ignite a national movement to roll it back. Continue Reading...

Understanding commodity taxes

Note: This is the tenth post in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. In this video Tyler Cowen covers commodity taxes, including who pays the tax and lost gains from trade, also called deadweight loss. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.15.16

Trump’s victory could be good news for persecuted Middle East Christians Ed West, Catholic Herald Middle East Christians in America and beyond appear to be behind the new president due to his pro-Russian, anti-Saudi leanings Redefining business leadership as ‘stewardship’ Terence Chatmon, Washington Times The Fellowship of Companies for Christ International is redefining the rules on business. Continue Reading...