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 05.17.16

World Youth Day to include focus on persecuted Christians Ines San Martin, Crux For most of those who’ve ever attended an international Catholic rally known as “World Youth Day”, the event is a spiritual adrenaline rush hard to top. Continue Reading...

Explainer: Supreme Court Punts on Little Sisters Religious Liberty Case

What just happened? The Supreme Court avoided issuing a major ruling today in a combined religious liberty case, Zubik v. Burwell. In a unanimous decision, the justices wrote that the Court “expresses no view on the merits of the cases” but were instead sending the case back down to the lower courts for opposing parties to work out a compromise. Continue Reading...

The Power—and Danger—in Luther’s Concept of Work

“Martin Luther probably did more than any Protestant to establish the theology of work many Christians embrace today,” says Dan Doriani. “Like no theologian before him, he insisted on the dignity and value of all labor.” Doriani highlights many of Luther’s positive contributions to the theology of work, but warns that it can lead to confusing “work” and “vocation”: Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.16.16

Life Expectancy is Increasing and Health Inequality is Down Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution In an excellent new paper, Currie and Schwandt discuss the good news overall–life expectancy is up and health inequality is down, in some cases dramatically. Continue Reading...

4 Theories About the Business Cycle

Expansion. Contraction. Repeat. For almost 200 years, we’ve recognized this boom-and-bust pattern as the business cycle, the downward and upward movement of gross domestic product (GDP) around its long-term growth trend. Continue Reading...

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...