Category: General

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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The Christian Calling to Citizenship
Jennifer A. Marshall, The Gospel Coalition

To apply a Christian worldview to questions of public policy isn’t self-interested. It’s serving our neighbor.

Markets – A Call to Serve One Another?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

We are called by God to steward our specific gifts to serve others. Those gifts are manifested uniquely in each of us.

Pope John Paul II and the Christ-centered Anthropology of “Gaudium et Spes”
Douglas Bushman, Catholic World Report

The late pontiff consistently summarized Gaudium et Spes in terms of the dynamism of its Christological anthropology.

The Moral Case for Debt
Boyd Clarke, Christianity Today

Why borrowing money is crucial to pursuing the common good.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Rejecting Communism for Christ: one man’s story
Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Cardinal Danielou ‘saw clearly that a humanism divorced from faith in Jesus Christ ends in ruin and despair.’

The Constitution Guarantees only the Right to Property
George Gilder, The Imaginative Conservative

The great temptation and delusion of socialist regimes is to attempt to guarantee the value of things rather than the ownership of them.

What About Religious Freedom?
Wesley J. Smith, The Weekly Standard

Obamacare won’t just ruin health care. It is also a cultural bulldozer.

Stand Up For Religious Freedom draws crowds
Mark J. Miller, Herald Star

Speakers warned of danger to religious freedom in the country during the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally Saturday held near the parking lot of the First Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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The Alleged Pro-Business Bias of the Supreme Court… Sigh…
Stephen Richer, Forbes

Things that happen almost every October: A new Supreme Court term starts, and liberal pundits raise the specter of “The Unjustly Pro-Business Supreme Court.”

Debunking a Progressive Constitutional Myth; or, How Corporations Became People, Too
John Fabian Witt, Balkinization

In the past year or two, a DaVinci Code-like story about the history of the Supreme Court and corporations has made its way through the progressive blogosphere and the Occupy encampments around the country.

Where Orthodoxy Stands
Fr. John A. Peck, Preachers Institute

Orthodoxy contends that the faith cannot be understood from outside the living reality of the Church itself. This creates problems for the habits of modernity.

Why the Christian Philosopher and Christian College Need Each Other
Thaddeus Kozinski, Front Porch Republic

In short, Christian colleges and universities have served as the philosophical guilds in which the Christian philosophical tradition has been passed on from masters to apprentices, for it is only through, in, and by colleges and universities that apprentices become masters.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 22, 2012
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Morality and Markets: The Humane Balance
Ralph E. Ancil, The Imaginative Conservative

To protect the market system against these destructive abuses, a commitment to permanent values is required by market participants, both consumers and producers, and to what German economist Wilhelm Roepke called a “terror regime of decency” as well as to a public policy rooted in that decency.

Minnesota Relaxes on Online Ed
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

On Friday, we remarked on the outrageous story that online education startup Coursera was being banned in Minnesota on the grounds that it hadn’t registered with the state government.

The Clarity and Specificity of Thomistic Natural Law
Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Natural law theory has had a long and honorable history – from ancient Greek philosophy to the Stoics, St. Thomas Aquinas and other scholastics, as well as Protestant “natural lawyers” such as Grotius, Cumberland, and Pufendorf.

The Virtue of Business
Kevin Lowry, Integrated Catholic Life

We can probably agree that business is a major driver of not only economic, but social change. Not that it’s all good, but that’s exactly why we need to consider the bigger picture: what is the purpose of business in our world? How can we harness its value for the good of mankind?

Blog author: mhornak
Friday, October 19, 2012
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Is the “secular vs. sacred” worldview struggle just another first-world problem? Join us in a discussion of this topic in the AU Online series Freedom and Virtue in the Developed World. The first lecture of this AU Online series will be held on Tuesday October 23 at 6:30pm EDT. Don’t miss your chance to explore this important topic!

In the Freedom and Virtue in the Developed World series, Acton’s Director of Research, Dr. Samuel Gregg, will lead us through a theoretical and practical reflection of the far ranging economic, social, and political causes and impacts of the West’s identity crisis.

If you’re interested in participating but might not have the extra time in your schedule, don’t worry! Everyone who registers for an AU Online series will have access to recordings of the live online lectures to view at their convenience. Visit the AU Online website for more information or to register. For further questions about AU Online, please contact the AU Online team at auonline@acton.org.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 19, 2012
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State-by-state advocacy of U.S. religious liberty launches
Anne Reiner, Baptist Press

Representatives from nine state legislatures have announced the formation of state-level religious freedom caucuses in a new nationwide effort to combat religious discrimination.

Voting According to Catholic Principles, Not Partisan Politics
Arland K. Nichols, Crisis

How do we cut through the rhetoric so that we might become aware of and guided by Catholic principles and priorities? In answering this, we must be aware that it is virtually impossible to address election related matters without being accused of partisanship.

Why We Need More Religion in Politics, Not Less
Timothy Dalrymple, Philosophical Fragments

Where do people get this notion that the Right has claimed ownership over Christianity? It’s best understood historically. And while there are certainly points in this story on which to criticize the Right, the story has just as much to do with poor decisions on the Left.

Q&A: Peter Greer on Poverty, HOPE International, and Economic Development
Values & Capitalism

Peter Greer recently answered questions for Values & Capitalism related to economic development, the importance of combating both physical and spiritual poverty, and more.

In his excellent post yesterday on the presidential debates and how both candidates misrepresents facts, my colleague Dylan Pahman wrote:

Wishing to be charitable, I might characterize the politicians vying for our nation’s highest offices as “repeatedly mistaken,” but somewhere along the line someone on both sides is simply choosing to overlook the facts, unless we are to believe that both our president and his challenger have hired utterly incompetent researchers to support their campaigns—hardly a concession that instills me with much confidence in either of them.

Had Dylan not included this sentence I likely would have whole-heartedly agreed with his diagnosis (it doesn’t take much to convince me that both candidate are less than honest). But that line forced me to do some soul-searching since I have been a researcher for two different presidential candidates during two different primary seasons.

While it might be the case that I should be included among the “utterly incompetent researchers,” I made an honest effort when preparing debate prep materials to provide my candidates with accurate and wholly truthful information. The problem is that what constitutes “accurate and wholly truthful information” is far from obvious. Some facts are straightforward. When I included data such as “the economy grew by X% in quarter Y,” I had sufficient references to back up the claim. But other assertions, particularly about a candidate’s prior statements or political record, required relevant context in order to be established as truly “factual.”

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