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5 Facts for World Water Day

Today is the 25th annual observance of World Water Day, a global initiative to focus attention on the importance of freshwater. Here are five facts you should know about safe and accessible water: 1. Continue Reading...

What Christians should know about tariffs and balance of trade

Note: This is the latest entry in the Acton blog series, “What Christians Should Know About Economics.” For other entries in the series see this post. The purpose of the series is not to present a theology of economics, but simply to provide a basic level of understanding that will help Christians think more clearly about how to apply their faith commitments to economics and public policy. Continue Reading...

How real GDP helps us know if we’re ‘better off’ than before

Note: This is post #71 in a weekly video series on basic economics. “Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago? What about 40 years ago?” These sorts of questions invite a different kind of query, says Alex Tabarrok: what exactly do we mean, when we say “better off?” And more importantly, how do we know if we’re better off or not? Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Pope Francis

Five years ago today, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church. Here are five facts you should know about Pope Francis on his fifth anniversary. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrated in Petrograd, 1917. (Source: Wikimedia)   Today is International Women’s Day, a century-old international observance of women’s cultural, economic, and social achievements. Here are five facts you should know both about this global celebration: 1. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Billy Graham (1918–2018)

The Rev. Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. Here are five facts you should know about the man who became the world’s most famous Protestant evangelist. 1. In 1934 at the age of 16, Graham was turned down for membership in a local youth group because he was “too worldly.” A man who worked on the Graham farm persuaded the young man to go and see the evangelist Mordecai Ham. Continue Reading...