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Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Victory in Federal Court for Monks Threatened with Prison for Selling Caskets
Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary

The monks of Saint Joseph Abbey have won again. On October 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision stating that restricting the monks’ right to sell their handmade caskets was either unconstitutional or an abuse of power unauthorized by Louisiana law.

A Christian Vision for Kingdom Politics
Joshua D. Hawley, Philosophical Fragments

Eric Voegelin was a German-American émigré who wrote several volumes of high-toned philosophy in the 1950s which were read by approximately zero members of the American public—save a certain William F. Buckley, Jr.

Answering the Call to Creativity Through the Four Chapter Gospel
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Answering the call to creativity requires a shift in the way we view the gospel and our role in transforming culture. The concept of the four-chapter gospel provides the framework for this change in our thinking.

Why the IRS Has Stopped Auditing Churches
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

Decision on who can authorize investigations of churches that influence voters is frozen for foreseeable future.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 29, 2012
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In the Western world there are conservative liberals, liberal liberals, and radical liberals, says David T. Koyzis, but all adhere to the basic principles of liberalism:

The liberalism of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Of Thomas Jefferson and John Stuart Mill. After all, the Declaration of Independence is a liberal document, unquestioningly accepting that popular consent stands at the origin of political authority. As Alasdair MacIntyre has put it, in the Western world there are conservative liberals, liberal liberals, and radical liberals, but all adhere to the basic principles of liberalism.

So what accounts for the differences between Democrats and Republicans, between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? What separates them is that each represents a different stage in the larger development of liberalism. Those who do not like what liberalism has become in recent decades have not repudiated it as such but have tried instead to hold onto it and return it to an earlier form—one thought to be purer and closer to its original meaning. I believe liberalism can be traced through five stages of development.

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Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 29, 2012
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‘The Weightier Provisions of the Law’
Rob Schwarzwalder, The Gospel Coalition

Finding a course where principle can wed with effective if incomplete action is the holy grail of evangelical political engagement.

Physician Assisted Suicide and the Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Methodios, Fr. Peter Michael Preble’s Blog

For centuries now, all doctors take the Hippocratic Oath promising to practice medicine ethically and honestly, never doing harm to a patient. This proposed law would be impossible to control, and would have serious societal ramifications.

Christianity isn’t dying, cultural Christianity is
Ed Stetzer, Baptist Press

Christian nominalism is nothing new. As soon as any belief system is broadly held, people are motivated to adopt it, even with a low level of connection.

How the Supreme Court Stacked the Deck Against Economic Liberty
Damon W. Root, Reason

A federal price-fixing case highlights the judiciary’s troubling deference to government regulation.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 26, 2012
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Paul Ryan: How Conservatism Helps the Poor
David Azerrad, The Foundry

When it comes to explaining how their policies would help the poor and the disadvantaged, conservatives can all too often be likened to a football team that drives all the way to the one-yard line and then just kneels down.

The Democrats’ Jewish Problem
Harry Stein, City Journal

A new book revisits an uncomfortable—and ongoing—history.

America Needs Entrepreneurship, Not Just Innovation
Matt Perman, What’s Best Next

Innovation is critical, but not enough. More than innovation, we need entrepreneurs who create the businesses, non-profits, and ministries of tomorrow.

Why Christians Shouldn’t be Undecided Voters
Jacqueline Otto, Values & Capitalism

It’s late October in an election year. The leaves in the nation’s capital are turning, and everyone who thought they loved politics realizes just how much they truly hate politics.

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.