Category: General

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy

A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the bishops’ public profile.

When the Gospel Invades Your Office
Matt Smethurst interviews Tim Keller, The Gospel Coalition

God put work into the Garden of Eden, so work must be an enormous good, something that fits and fulfills part of our design.

Obama, Religious Liberty, And The Constitution
James Poulos, Forbes

The upshot of America’s pro-religious culture and founding law is simple: a practical resistance to drawing bright lines between entities that ‘are’, in some metaphysical way, secular, and those that ‘are’ religious.

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say
Michelle Bauman, Catholic news Agency

In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands.

“Forever stamps” are a form of non-denominated postage first introduced in 2006. The U.S. Postal Service recently issued a “Four Flags” version which “continues [the U.S. Postal Service’s] tradition of honoring the Stars and Stripes.” But there seems something peculiar—even a bit ominous—about the new stamps.

Is the USPS trying to send us a message that freedom and liberty in America won’t last forever? Well, probably not. Turns out that when images of postage stamps are printed, a line is drawn through the denomination. So the weird juxtaposition is not a political warning but just another example of the problems that can arise from inflexible bureaucratic rule-following.


Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In this entertaining video Walter Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, explains why the free market is morally superior to other economic systems. My favorite part comes near the beginning when Williams explains that money is a form of “certificate of performance” that serves as proof of having served our neighbors.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Re-elected, Obama takes aim at religious liberty
Timothy P. Carney Washington Examiner

As an old saw has it, “your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose.” The Obama administration says your right to live as a Christian ends if you go into business

Religious protections are worth keeping
Melissa Musick Nussbaum, National Catholic Register

Exercise is an interesting word because it presumes action. Religious freedom does not simply mean the freedom to think, a power, one presumes, even the most oppressive regimes cannot hold over their citizens.

The Party of Work
David Brooks, New York Times

They created an American creed, built, as the sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset put it, around liberty, individualism, equal opportunity, populism and laissez-faire.

Russell Kirk on Cultivating the Good Life
Bruce Frohen, The Imaginative Conservative

Kirk knew the value of economic liberty. Living by his wit and wisdom he could support himself only in a free economy.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 12, 2012

Is Feeling Good Enough to Fight Poverty?
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most outspoken activists recently made a startling statement concerning an often overlooked method of poverty alleviation.

Liberty and a Free Press
Ted McAllister, Public Discourse

Can the press still prevent a tyrannical majority opinion as it did in Tocqueville’s time?

The Plight of an American Small Business Owner
Joy Pullmann, Values & Capitalism

Government regulations and taxes have increased “since 2008” he said, to the point where a small business can hardly afford to exist.

Want Your Kids To Attend College? Go To Church, Study Finds
Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today

Churchgoing youth are 70 percent more likely to enroll in college than unaffiliated peers, research finds.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 9, 2012

Five Temptations for Classical Christian Education
Brian Douglas, First Things

Having taught at a classical Christian school for five years and followed the classical Christian education movement for some years prior, I have come to believe that it is the best approach to K-12 education available today.

Disasters Create Bigger, Not Better, Government
Amity Shlaes, Bloomberg

Whew. That was the general reaction when President Barack Obama told waterlogged New Jersey that “we are here for you.” After all, these days, a president is expected to “be here.”

Three Fallacies of the Social Gospel
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

In the early 20th century, the Social Gospel movement was driven by the belief that the Second Coming of Christ could not happen until humanity rid itself of all social evils by human effort. Followers applied Christian ethics to social justice issues, especially as it related to economic policy.

Elections, Political Parties and an Eternal Hope in a King
T. Kurt Jaros, Values & Capitalism

We just concluded months—or years, actually—of “your party vs. my party” politics. So I wanted to take this moment to remind my fellow YHWH worshippers that although we have temporal party affiliations, there is a certain political affiliation that is eternal: We are monarchists. This is seen both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pope sends Obama telegram with prayers that freedom, justice flourish
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying that he prayed the ideals of freedom and justice that guided America’s founders might continue to flourish.

Dorothy Sayers: A Revolution In Work
Art Lindsely, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

That Christians lacked a biblical perspective on work was all too clear to Sayers.

Henry Hazlitt’s Lessons for a Life of Liberty
Isaac Morehouse, Values & Capitalism

Here are five traits Hazlitt exhibited that all of us who value economic freedom should seek to emulate.

To Cure The Economic Hangover, Make Good Choices
Chuck Grimmett, AFF Doublethink

f we are going to make long-term change in this country, Allison says, we also need a change in our philosophical outlook.