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 05.13.16

Vatican bank chief: now ‘impossible’ to launder money Nicole Winfield, Associated Press The head of the scandal-marred Institute for the Works of Religion, better known as the “Vatican bank,” declared Thursday it’s now “impossible to launder money” there after a years-long cleanup that saw norms imposed to fight money laundering and tax evasion. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.12.16

The Free and Virtuous Society George Weigel, EPPC Christians have been thinking through their relationship to the tangled worlds-within-worlds of politics, economics, and culture for nearly two millennia. How to Develop a Christian Ethic Russell Moore Not long ago I got an email from a Christian man who asked me, “What can I do to become knowledgable in Christian ethics?” The Wisdom to Know Which Causes of Inequality Can Be Changed Megan McArdle, Bloomberg “Equality,” wrote Balzac, “may be a right, but no power on earth can convert it into a fact.” Google to ban payday loan advertisements Andrea Peterson and Jonnelle Marte, Washington Post Google announced Wednesday that it will ban all payday loan ads from its site, bowing to concerns by advocates who say the lending practice exploits the poor and vulnerable by offering them immediate cash that must be paid back under sky-high interest rates. Continue Reading...

The Captain of Conscience

The new Marvel film Captain America: Civil War examines the conflict between conscience and coercion, says Jordan Ballor in this week’s Acton Commentary. The latest superhero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War opened to a huge box office as well as to critical acclaim last weekend. Continue Reading...

Understanding Trump: The Deal-Maker as Redistributionist

[Note: This is the second in an occasional series evaluating the remaining presidential candidates and their views on economics and liberty. You can find the first article here.] In the previous article in this series I explained that the key to understanding Donald Trump’s economic policies is the recognition that, for him, policy and principle are secondary to process. Continue Reading...

In Defense of Wall Street

If we forget finance’s indispensable role in modern economies, says Samuel Gregg, research director for the Acton Institute, in an op-ed for The Detroit News, it’s guaranteed that everyone will be worse off. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.11.16

The Evangelical Roots of American Economics Bradley W. Bateman, The Atlantic As the discipline began to emerge, a group of passionately religious academics wanted it to become a tool for limiting child labor and fighting poverty. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.10.16

The Poverty of Liberal Economics Adrian Walker, The Imaginative Conservative Instead of delivering economic freedom tout court, liberal economics delivers a certain, liberal form of economic freedom—one that, as we will see below, is actually an unfreedom. Continue Reading...