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

Pollution causes as many deaths as two jumbo jets crashing every hour

Imagine that within the same hour, two large Boeing 747 passenger jets crashed killing everyone onboard. Now consider two planes crashing every hour for an entire 24-hour period. Finally, think of the accumulated deaths of two passenger jets crashing every hour for an entire year.* The death toll from all those crashes would be roughly equivalent to the number of people who die every year from pollution. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.25.17

Free trade doesn’t destroy jobs – it creates them Pierre Lumieux, CapX The availability of jobs is a symptom, not the cause, of prosperity. Trump: I’m looking ‘very strongly’ at reforming welfare system Nolan D. Continue Reading...
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Unemployment and the making of career criminals

For the past several years I’ve had a near obsession with trying to get Christians to recognize the devastating effects of unemployment. It’s not that believers don’t recognize unemployment as harmful, it’s that we often underestimate just how destructive not having a job is to the individual and their community. Continue Reading...

The marginal product of labor

Note: This is post #54 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. How are wages determined? Why do most Americans earn so much by global standards? What exactly is meant by ‘human capital’? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 10.24.17

Pope says amassing wealth while children die is ‘idolatry that kills’ Inés San Martín, Crux In his homily at morning Mass on Monday, Pope Francis returned to a familiar theme — how amassing wealth, both money and land, while children suffer and die, is a morally unacceptable form of idolatry. Continue Reading...
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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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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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