Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, August 26, 2013

The Christian Vestiges of Post-Christianity
Howard Kainz, Crisis Magazine

The post-Christian has embraced a false yet fashionable version of Christianity compatible with the enlightened opinion of our cultural elites.

Counting the Cost (Accurately)
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

Why tallies of Christian martyrs vary so widely.

Is Anything Private?
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal

Liberal assumptions about “income inequality” have some surprising implications.

Biblical Principles of Law and Regulation
Brian Baugus, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Some would argue that the government does not need to say so much more than God does about how we live. However, we must recognize that there is a biblical case for certain regulations.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, August 23, 2013

If $15/Hour Minimum Wage Is Good, Why Not $200?
Investor’s Business Daily

Fast-food workers are planning a one-day strike on Aug. 29 to demand an increase in wages from the $7.25 minimum to $15 an hour. But if $15 an hour is so great, why not ask for $100 or $200 an hour instead?

Don’t Just Stand There—Say Something
Albert Mohler

Within the message, I explain the origin and urgency of the title. It is indeed a sin to remain silent in a time of trouble.

Fracking and the cult of Green Gnosticism
Brother Ivo, Cranmer

For many decades we have lived with a succession of failed predictions by the Doom Sayers of the environmental movement.

The Islamic case for religious liberty: Re-reading the Qur’an
Abdullah Saeed, ABC Religion and Ethics

If Muslims are to embrace modernity, including life in a pluralistic, democratic society, without abandoning their faith, they must take up the argument for religious liberty that is embedded in their history and that stands at the centre of their most sacred texts.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Russell Moore: From Moral Majority to ‘Prophetic Minority’
Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal

The new leader of the Southern Baptist political arm says Christians have lost the culture and need to act accordingly.

Why Would a Millennial Become a Priest or a Nun?
Emma Green, The Atlantic

The Pope, the Lord, and Lena Dunham: Voices of a generation?

Disability and Employment: Should We Be Doing More?
Karl Cooper, Values & Capitalism

The evidence also suggests that when companies employ people with disabilities, it ends up being a good business decision as those individuals thrive in the new opportunity provided them.

C.S. Lewis and the Inner Ring of Cronyism
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

An economist might say cronyism is driven by political incentives and greed. But if you asked C.S. Lewis, he might say there’s something more to cronyism—something beyond political and economic gain—that draws us in and deeply speaks to our human nature.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Egypt’s Christians Are Facing a Jihad
Nina Shea, National Review Online

As of Sunday night, some 58 churches, as well as several convents, monasteries, and schools, dozens of Christian homes and businesses, even the YMCA, have been documented as looted and burned or subject to other destruction by Islamist rioters.

The Texafication of American Catholicism
Michael Moreland, Mirror of Justice

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced earlier this summer that he is running for Governor, but a neglected aspect of the coverage was that Abbott (the favorite in the race next year) would, to my knowledge, be the first Catholic to hold major (Governor or US Senator) statewide office in Texas.

Michigan among states profiting most from ‘sin taxes’
Mike Sauter , Detroit Free Press

In 2011, state governments collected more than $50 billion in taxes and proceeds from vice: gambling, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers
Jerry Brito and Andrea Castillo , Mercatus Center

The characteristics that make Bitcoin so innovative have also made it a target for regulators, who fear that the cryptocurrency will aid tax evasion, money laundering, and other crimes.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Coptic Kristallnacht
Andrew Doran, Pravmir.com

The millions of Egyptians, Muslim and Christian, who took to the street in peaceful protest over a month ago understood well the consequences of crossing the Muslim Brotherhood.

Legislative Prayer Goes Back to the Supreme Court
Christopher C. Lund, Slate

And this time, the Obama administration is on the side of prayer.

School Standards’ Debut Is Rocky, and Critics Pounce
Motoko Rich, New York Times

The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and the left even before it has been properly introduced into classrooms.

A Former Blackjack Player’s View of Faith, Work, and Economics
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Treas’ work is a testimony to practicing good stewardship over our God-given strengths and passions in order to work to add value to our communities, and to leave the world a little better than the way we find it.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, August 19, 2013

The Right Kind of Federalism
Rich Tucker, The Foundry

In government, as in retail, competition works. It tends to reduce costs and improve services. So the proper kind of federalism is one that creates competition among the states.

Wal-mart and the Prosperity Magic Wand
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Christians believe that we live in a fallen world which is dominated by scarcity. In this world, scarce resources have multiple and competing ends. We must find ways to allocate those scarce resources wisely and to contribute to the flourishing of mankind—this is what is means to be a good steward.

Religious Freedom in Search of Its Argument – Abroad
Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing

To make the case for religious freedom in that vast outside world bears a critical resemblance to the task of making the case for religious freedom as a “natural right.”

Classical schools put Plato over iPad
Julia Duin, CNN

Parents like them, too; the number of classical schools – public and private – is growing. The curriculum has helped to boost enrollment at religious schools and inspired new public schools.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, August 16, 2013

How Are We Losing the War on Poverty?
Rachel Sheffield, The Foundry

Part of the reason welfare doesn’t have much impact on the poverty rate is that hardly any of the welfare benefits households receive are counted when calculating a household’s income.

Ex-Evangelicals & Chili Cornbread Eucharist
Barton Gingerich, The American Spectator

This loosey-goosey theology allows for a panoply of beliefs and practices. This year especially, the festival highlighted issues of sexuality.

Aging Parents and the Limits of the Welfare State
David Wilezol, Values & Capitalism

Even if the welfare state perfectly assumed the financial burden of caring for the elderly, it cannot fill the void left by the absence of filial love.

Why ‘The Family’ Matters in Economics
Michael Hendrix, Mere Orthodoxy

Nick Schulz is frustrated. He’s frustrated that economists talk about the role of institutions in the American economy, yet ignore the most fundamental one of them all: the family.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Employment Law
Paul McHugh and Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would equate sexual orientation and gender identity, ambiguous and malleable concepts, with immutable features like race, color, and ethnicity as classes worthy of special legal protection.

Why Big Brother Is A Big Problem
Wesley Gant, Values & Capitalism

Politics is fundamentally about decision-making. While we still sing that America is “the land of the free,” more and more decisions about the way we live and work are being centralized to a 10 square-mile district on the Potomac River.

“Subdue the Earth” and “Till It and Keep It”: Responding to God’s Cultural Commands
R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine

There are many ways to respond to this primal call. I will describe one way it is relevant to me by providing a short theology of gardening. I will then broaden the discussion to show the relevancy of God’s cultural commands more generally.

Common Core: A Threat to Catholic Education
Phyllis Schlafly, Crisis Magazine

Although Common Core was designed specifically to address public school failings, the standards are impacting Catholic schools as well.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

She Stood for the Quotidian: Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941 – 2013)
Marc LiVecche, The Gospel Coalition

Jean Bethke Elshtain’s true professional measure is taken elsewhere, perhaps, if I might suggest, in this: she worked where life was lived.

Islam Conquering Higher European Education
Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute

The Catholic University of Leuven, the oldest university in Belgium and one that has been a major contributor to the development of Roman Catholic theology for more than 500 years, will offer a degree in Islamic theology beginning in 2014.

The Root of Evil
William T. Cavanaugh, America

Does religion promote violence?

Putting Virtue into Practice
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Benjamin Franklin offers one of the most famous examples of striving to live within a code of conduct.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Social Justice Reconsidered: Report from the Philadelphia Society
Jeremy Mann, Mere Orthodoxy

While the phrase “social justice” has been used since the Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli coined the term in 1840, Friedrich Hayek never could found a good definition, due to two persistent problems.

‘Disinformation’ and a Dubious Source
Victor Gaetan, National Catholic Register

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa’s story defames a legendary Vatican diplomat and undermines positive Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations.

Swiss asked to ditch God from national anthem
Christian Institute

Switzerland is holding a competition to rewrite its national anthem because it currently focuses on God.

Why Capitalism Is Awesome
Chris Berg, Cato Policy Report

We have higher living standards than our ancestors because of the little things. We ought to be more aware of the continuous, slow, and imperceptible creative destruction of the market economy, the refiners who are always imperceptibly bettering our frozen pizzas, our bookshelves, our pencils, and our crayons.