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

5 Facts about African American History Month

Every February Americans observe National African American History Month, a time set aside to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to American history. Here are five facts you need to know about the history of the observance: Virginia Civil Rights Memorial / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) 1. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.02.17

Should Government Control What Low-Income People Eat? Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, RealClearMarkets The New York Times recently published a story on the use of SNAP benefits to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages, leading to renewed calls for banning the purchase of soda with SNAP. Continue Reading...

State and society each has its own sphere

“The question that now demands our full attention is this,” says Abraham Kuyper in this week’s Acton Commentary, “What attitude should Christians adopt in the face of the socialist movement?” And then it is beyond question that we too should be moved to profound compassion by the disorder of our society and the great distress that has resulted from it. Continue Reading...

Rev. Sirico: Ordered liberty depends on virtue

In a new article for the Lakeland Ledger, Rev. Robert Sirico, president and co-founder of the Acton Institute, explains why ordered liberty depends on virtue: What I have learned in these intervening decades is that it’s not enough simply to be a “free” society. Continue Reading...
Rev. Robert A. Sirico at Acton Lecture Series

PowerLinks 02.01.17

Limited Government as Insurance Bryan Caplan, EconLog In American political culture, conservatives have traditionally praised “limited government,” though libertarians are the main people who take it seriously. But it seems like almost everyone, regardless of ideology, should be interested in getting insurance against bad future uses of government power. Continue Reading...

Ending human trafficking through education and awareness

Today is the last day of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. But ending human trafficking through education and awareness is a year-round task. As the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work notes, we need more public education around the practice of human trafficking in order to help aid the more than 20 million victims who live as modern-day slaves. Continue Reading...

Is economic speculation immoral?

Note: This is post #19 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Speculation is often considered to be morally dubious. But, can speculation actually be useful to the market process? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.31.17

Solidarity and Subsidiarity Peter Augustine Lawler, Starting Points Each American knows he or she is a citizen, but also more than a citizen. Solidarity with all human beings—through a universal conception of rights and of citizenship in the City of God—means that our world isn’t irredeemably divided into bands of friends out to rob their enemies blind. Continue Reading...