Acton Institute Powerblog Archives

Christian Social Thought

Reimagining work in the coalfields

The American coal industry is facing serious challenges. In states like West Virginia, the effects have been particularly painful, causing many communities to struggle under a projected 23% decline in related jobs and leading vast numbers of residents to leave the state altogether. Continue Reading...

Christian freedom isn’t about choice

As supporters of economic freedom, we frequently find ourselves in vigorous defense of personal choice, whether in business, trade, consumer goods, education, or otherwise. But while the elevation of economic choice is based on plenty of principle, not to mention historical and empirical analysis, we ought to be careful that our views about freedom aren’t confused or conflated in the process. Continue Reading...

No size or space in subsidiarity

When thinking and talking about principle of subsidiarity I’ve tended to resort to using metaphors of size and space (i.e., nothing should be done by a higher or larger organization which can be done as well by a smaller or lower organization). Continue Reading...

What does the Bible say about wealth creation?

What does the Bible say about wealth creation? Can wealth creation lead to Biblical human flourishing? Earlier this year two evangelical groups, the Lausanne Movement and BAM Global, released a paper exploring biblical perspectives on the theme of ‘wealth creation for holistic transformation’ to address these questions and more. Continue Reading...

From the Reformation to Austrian economics

The implications of the Reformation are more than ecclesiastical or theological, says Timothy Terrell, professor of economics at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. They include shifts in economic thought as well, and Protestant ideas have had a lasting impact on our way of thinking about markets and liberty. Continue Reading...

How should the church encourage wealth creation?

‘The Wealth of the Nation,’ Seymour Fogel   What is the role of the church and its leaders in preparing God’s people for the service of wealth creation? How is the church to be involved in inspiring, commissioning, and releasing people who launch businesses that provide jobs and that bring redemptive influence for the benefit of the whole community, and even for entire sectors of the economy? Continue Reading...

What Christians should know about vocation

This weekend Protestants around the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Reformation Sunday, a commemoration of Martin Luther’s nailing his ninety-five theses to the church door Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. Continue Reading...