PowerLinks – 01.03.13

Should government coerce charity? Joel J. Miller, Patheos When it comes to the question of social justice, there is more at play than the needs of the poor. Charity requires not only a recipient but also a giver, and that increases the issue’s moral complexity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 01.02.13

A Response to L. Rockwell’s “The Economic Lessons of Bethlehem” Fr. Gregory, Koinonia While I am in basic agreement with Rockwell regarding things like free market economic and limited government, I think his defense of them in the linked essay is poor. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.31.12

What I Learned in the Poverty War Peter Cove, City Journal Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor. How Government Suffocates Charity Joy Pullman, Values & Capitalism The pending January 2 tax hike—what everyone is calling the “fiscal cliff”—will mean we cannot afford half our usual charitable contributions next year. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.28.12

The Most Persecuted Religion Abraham Cooper, John Huffman, and Yitzchock Adlerstein, Wall Street Journal Christians are targeted—by independent groups or governments—in some 131 countries world-wide. How the Early Church Made Peace with Prosperity Peter Leithart, Christianity Today As the early church grew in wealth and stature, it displaced existing Roman models of caring for the poor. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.27.12

Charity Begins With Wealth Creation John Stossel, Reason Charity—helping people who have trouble helping themselves—is a good thing two times over. It’s good for the beneficiary and good for the donor, too. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.26.12

12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria CNN At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said. Religious Freedom as a Christian Doctrine Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism That traditional Christian doctrine and morality curtails freedom has been a common theme in the ongoing controversy concerning religion and society in the western world. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.24.12

Charity for Our Scrooges Braxton Boren, The Gospel Coalition Dickens’s masterpiece speaks powerfully today to a nation divided along lines nearly as deep as the class divisions in Scrooge’s London. Christmas and the Scandal of Particularity Brett Bertucio, First Things The greatest sin, according to the dominant cultural mentality, appears to be this claim to particularity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.21.12

Christmas as Heavenly Economy Peter J. Leithart, First Things Since the early centuries of the Church, Christians have thought of giving and receiving gifts as a fitting way to celebrate the Incarnation. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.20.12

Domino’s Founder Files Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate Dominique Ludvigson, The Foundry Tom Monaghan, founder and former owner of Domino’s Pizza, is the latest business owner tofile a lawsuit challenging Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring employers to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization as “preventive services” in their health care plans. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.19.12

An Engagement with Acton on Right to Work Brian Dijkema, Cardus A helpful piece by Jordan Ballor suggests that right to work legislation disestablishes unions from the state. An intriguing look inside religion and Congress: Who prays and for what? Continue Reading...