PowerLinks – 08.29.12

Judaism’s Central Sacrifice David P. Goldman, Tablet Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch. HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court. Continue Reading...

Is Work the Meaning of Your Life?

The subtitle of Lester DeKoster’s little classic, Work: The Meaning of Your Life–A Christian Perspective, can be a bit off-putting. Is work really the meaning of your life? On the one hand, when we understand DeKoster’s definition of work, we might be a bit more amenable to the suggestion. Continue Reading...

The False Hope of the Welfare State

In his debut column at Forbes, Fr. Robert Sirico discusses how the collapse of European economies has exposed the false hope of the welfare state: [T]he great lie at the heart of the all-encompassing welfare state, with its empty promises of eternal security and freedom from want. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.29.12

Three things the American people don’t understand about trade Logan Albright, AFF Doublethink Online The problem with the way trade is discussed in politics and the media can be boiled down to three common misconceptions that crop up again and again. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.28.12

The Sad Secular Monks Leah Libresco, First Things Most careers aren’t vocations, so we need space outside them to grow and love. Study: Less religious states give less to charity Associated Press A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity. Continue Reading...

Who Counts as Middle Class?

As the Presidential debates draw near, there is one question that tops my wish list of questions that should (but won’t be) asked of the candidates: What income range constitutes “middle class”? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.27.12

HHS Mandate “Serious” Threat to Religious Liberty Ken McIntyre, The Foundry Are the concerns of religious employers about a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) simply a matter of getting “all worked up over nothing,” a new video asks, as the Obama Administration suggests? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.24.12

Is Totalitarian Liberalism A Mutant Form of Christianity? Tracey Rowland, Crisis Magazine In a post-Christian world gods don’t disappear. Christ is simply replaced by the apparatus of the nation-state. Political leaders assume to themselves the powers and prerogatives formerly associated with deities, above all, powers over life and death and reproduction. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.23.12

The great both/and of Catholic social teaching Fr. Robert Barron, Catholic News Agency For many on the left, Paul Ryan is a menace, the very embodiment of cold, indifferent Republicanism, and for many on the right, he is a knight in shining armor, a God-fearing advocate of a principled conservatism. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 08.22.12

Pakistani Christians, fearing backlash, flee community after girl is accused of blasphemy Richard Leiby, The Washington Post Amid the conflicting claims, this much is certain: As many as 600 Christians have fled their colony bordering the capital, fearing for their lives, officials said, after a mob last week called for the child to be burned to death as a blasphemer. Continue Reading...