Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, November 22, 2013

Pope Francis calls for full religious freedom in the Middle East
Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

After a two-hour private meeting today with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches, Pope Francis prayed for peace and full religious freedom throughout the Middle East.

Making Modernity Human: Can Christian humanism redeem an age of ideology?
Bradley J. Birzer, The Imaginative Conservative

“Humanism is a tradition of culture and ethics,” proclaimed the English historian Christopher Dawson, “founded on the study of humane letters.” The moment St. Paul quoted the Stoics in his mission to Athens—“In Him we move and live and have our being”— he bridged the humanist and Christian worlds.

We’re Losing The Two Things Tocqueville Said Mattered Most About American Democracy
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Federalist

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville doesn’t waste any time letting you know what impresses him most about America. To Tocqueville, equality and, to a slightly lesser — but very important — extent, religiosity, are the two foundations of the American experiment.

Getting a Job at Walmart Is Harder than Getting into Harvard
Daniel Gross, The Daily Beast

Despite pushback from the city council, Walmart will open its first two stores in D.C. next month. But getting a job there will prove difficult since the chain received 38 applications for each job opening.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Church and State (Dept.): John Kerry Gets Religion
Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today

New adviser will (hopefully) make faith less foreign in foreign affairs.

Not a “Prosperity Gospel”
Greg Forster, Kern Pastors Network

Churches should not only empower people to do their work well, but should help them to have a broader vision of economic flourishing and how communities can achieve it.

Greece: Taxpayer-Funded Mosque Planned in Athens
Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute

… plans for building a large state-sponsored mosque remained stalled until the Muslim Association of Greece—a group that claims to represent all Muslims in Greece, and is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood—staged a series of highly provocative mass public prayer sessions across Athens aimed at pressuring the government into building an official mosque.

What Can the New Testament Teach Us About Fighting Poverty?
David Kotter, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The New Testament says a lot about the underlying causes of poverty. Does it also have anything to say about poverty’s possible solutions?

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Expert: Evangelical Leaders Have Been Misquoting Bible to Push for Amnesty
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

“The fact that the Bible has been used in the present immigration debate has both interested me and fascinated me because of how it’s been used and by whom it’s been used,” Hoffmeier, an expert in Hebrew and Biblical “exegesis”—what he describes as the study of how “to interpret Scripture in its ancient near-Eastern context”—said at the event.

What Is Just Prerogative?
Greg Forster, Hang Together

Lots of digital ink being spilled over Obama once again “fixing” (i.e. altering) the law simply by decreeing that it shall be so. He does this a lot, and his critics are right that this is an essentially monarchical exercise of power.

Five Facts About the US You Should Know — And One You Can’t Ignore
Heather Singmaster, Education Week

Ben Franklin famously said, “No country was ever ruined by trade.” America’s founding fathers, most of them bilingual, understood the nation’s connection with the greater world. “E Pluribus Unum” (“from many, one”), acknowledges that diversity is America’s strength.

Help the Poor: End Agricultural Protectionism
Joy Pullmann, Values & Capitalism

Between 2006 and 2012, the average family paid an extra $2,055 for food because of steadily rising prices.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Why Coolidge Is Cool Again
David Pietrusza, The Federalist

The 30th president not only offers us a lesson on what was done, but what will have to be done again.

Hurdles Seen for Change to China’s One-Child Rule
Chris Buckley, New York Times

The Chinese government’s decision to relax a decades-old one-child limit on couples has already encountered two problems likely to test dozens of social and economic changes promised by President Xi Jinping — vagaries about implementation and magnified public expectations of even bigger changes ahead.

The Christian Intellectual
R.R. Reno, First Things

How should the Christian intellectual proceed? What should be our approach to higher education and academic work?

What is R2K Theology?
R.C. Sproul Jr., Ligonier Ministries

The church, according to this view, is neither called, equipped, nor permitted to prophecy against the sins of those outside the kingdom.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, November 18, 2013

China to Ease 1-Child Policy, Abolish Labor Camps
Gillian Wong, Associated Press

China will loosen family planning rules that limit many couples to a single child in the first substantial change to the unpopular policy in nearly three decades, as leaders seek to address a rapidly aging population.

The Evolution of Conscience in the Western World
Howard P. Kainz, First Things

People don’t always act according to their conscience, but ameliorations in conscience are a sine qua non for moral betterment—necessary, although not sufficient.

Obama Administration Puts a Price Tag on Your Religious Freedom
Matthew Clark, Charisma News

Can you put a price on religious liberty? Apparently the Obama administration has.

Kentucky Baptist children’s agency faces ‘ethical dilemma’
Paul Chitwood, ERLC

Growing hostility toward biblical Christianity in America could cause us to question how long tolerance will be extended to the religion that once dominated our land; but for now, we are blessed with freedom.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, November 15, 2013

Charity Should Be A Choice For Businesses
Kathryn Shelton, AFF Doublethink

Customers have every right to shop at businesses that support the charities they think are important, but to force companies to do this and to criticize other choices is to forget the purpose of business in our economy.

How to Read Pope Francis
John Goerke, Juicy Ecumenism

To understand the Pope you must sift through all the noise to the best commentary available. I applaud those who wish to “dig deep” into what the Pope is actually saying.

Senator Mike Lee: Time to Rethink the War on Poverty
Mike Gonzalez, The Foundry

Progressives sometimes accuse conservatives of not caring about the poor. But it’s liberal policies that deepen, prolong, and institutionalize poverty.

A Relational Limited Government Politics
Pete Spiliakos, First Things

Conservatives can’t win as just another party of government. They can always be outbid. But the bidding of the statist left has its own costs.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Poor And Middle Class Incomes Have Increased Significantly
Scott Winship, e21

To judge from the doomsaying that dominates public discussion of the economy, since the 1970s poor and middle-class households have seen practically no improvement in living standards.

Jonathan Sacks on European Anti-Semitism, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, and More
Yair Rosenberg, Tablet

The former U.K. Chief Rabbi weighs in on some of Jewry’s burning issues

New US Catholic bishops leader pledges to carry pope’s message of mercy amid culture wars
Associated Press

The newly elected leader of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops says he will draw on his years as a pastor while seeking to reconcile Pope Francis’ message of a welcoming church with the conservative ideology of American bishops.

Why Are Progressives Comfortable Decoupling Childrearing from Marriage?
David Wilezol, Values & Capitalism

The evidence for a social norm of childbearing within marriage seems overwhelming. But many progressives wrongly frame conservative insistence on a two-parent home as discrimination against single mothers.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

At Least Two Cheers for American Protestants!
John Mark Reynolds, Eidos

As a happy member of an Orthodox Church, I might be able to escape this wrath, but I have always chosen (and still choose) to group myself with Evangelicalism: partly this is out of solidarity, partly because it is true!

Cross Purposes: Catholic Schools and Common Core
Peg Luksik, Crisis Magazine

Is Common Core compatible with Catholic education? Are the concerns being expressed by parents across America just the unfounded worries of the uninformed, or are there real problems with the implementation of Common Core in our Catholic schools?

What Does a “Free Market” in Health Care Look Like? Here’s an Example
Kelsey Harris, The Foundry

Conservatives often talk about the importance of a free market to improve health care quality and lower costs. What would it look like? An example could be found in the development of LASIK surgery.

Are there really 100,000 new Christian martyrs every year?
Ruth Alexander, BBC

It’s often claimed that 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their religion. Earlier this year, the Vatican called it a credible number. But is it?

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Do Libertarians Need God?
Tyler O’Neil, Christian Post

The ideas behind individual freedom, personal responsibility, and basic human rights require something more than materialism, a Christian scholar argued.

The Jubilee and Land Ownership
Steven Wedgeworth, The Calvinist International

The Jubilee laws are an unavoidable feature of any discussion of “Biblical politics” or “Biblical economics.”

Virtue is a Desire Modification Technology
Adam Gurri, The Umlaut

Virtue ethics is concerned with the character of the one making the decision, and in that way is much more like the philosophy of the ancient world than of the modern world.

The Church Must Respond to Religious Persecution
Eric Teetsel, Manhattan Project

To understand how the church must respond, we must first understand what is taking place in the broader culture.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, November 11, 2013

What a Veteran Knows
Joe Carter, ERLC

There are some things only a veteran knows.

Classical Education & Freedom from Specialization
Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative

Our modern world is obsessed with specialization. Yet this specialization is often unhealthy, both culturally and personally.

How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan
Jamie Aten, Christianity Today

Rule #1: Don’t jump into action before you know the needs on the ground.

8 Ways to Live Missionally in the Workplace
Melissa Bradley, Faith Village

The following is my feeble attempt to express 8 ways you can live missionally in your workplace.