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

The Pope’s Limited Influence on Foreign Affairs

Pope Francis has made support for migrants and refugees a priority of his pontificate, and has encouraged nations to adopt an open-door immigration policy. But few countries, especially in Europe, appear interested in adopting his approach, underscoring just how limited an influence the pope has on foreign policy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.11.16

The Panama Papers Actually Reflect Pretty Well on Capitalism Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View What we’ve seen from the papers so far is not so much an indictment of global capitalism as an indictment of countries that have weak institutions and a lot of corruption. Continue Reading...

A Simple Tool for Measuring Economic Well-Being

Is the average American better off today economically than they were 4 years ago? What about 40 years ago? How would you go about answering those questions? In this video economist Alex Tabarrok explains the difference between nominal and real GDP and shows us a simple tool that can help us determine if our economic well-being as a nation is increasing or decreasing. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.08.16

Donald Trump’s Rise Shows Religion Is Losing Its Political Power Eduardo Porter, New York Times Donald Trump, no doubt, is the most confounding candidate produced by the American political system in decades. Continue Reading...

Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe

During World War II, when Britain was fighting against the evils of Nazism, the director of religious programming at the BBC, asked C.S. Lewis to give some talks about faith. The Oxford professor reluctantly agreed, and on August 6, 1941, at 7:45 in the evening he gave his first broadcast. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.07.16

A capitalist critique of consumerism Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week If we all suddenly and collectively decided to stop buying pointless junk, the economy wouldn’t grind to a halt forever. People would just start working on more interesting, more valuable things. Continue Reading...

Hard Times for Free Trade

“Since the end of the World War II, American politicians of the left and right agreed that it was in the country’s and indeed the world’s interest to promote the lowering of trade barriers,” says Kishore Jayabalan in this week’s Acton Commentary. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 04.06.16

Escape to America: A Syrian Christian Perspective Stephen Herreid, The Stream In the midst of a much-publicized “refugee crisis,” Christians in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East have struggled for recognition as the group most targeted for persecution. Continue Reading...