Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dostoevsky: Fear the Christian Socialist
Chris Banescu, The Voice

“The socialist who is a Christian is more to be feared than the socialist who is an atheist.”

Study: Obamacare could cause 1 million low-income Americans to move from work to welfare
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

A new study suggests President Obama’s Affordable Care Act might have yet another huge and negative unintended consequence: if low-income adults can get health insurance through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, they are less likely to try and get a job — or keep a job.

ACLU vs. Gideons’ Bibles
Rory Gray, Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom sends letter to Ken. school districts advising them of Gideons’ freedom to distribute Bibles.

The Price of Equality
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

We are all part of the body of Christ, but we have distinct contributions to make that contribute to the overall flourishing of mankind. When we focus on what God created us to do and then trade with others who have different gifts, we are all able thrive better than we could on our own.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How early childhood intervention can help poor kids in developing nations
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

These findings show that simple psychosocial stimulation in very early childhood in disadvantaged settings can have a substantial effect on labor market outcomes.

Internet freedom called vital facet of global religious freedom
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Internet freedom is vital to religious freedom, and the United States should make greater efforts to breach the firewalls of repressive regimes, in the view of Baptist public policy specialist Barrett Duke.

No One Trusts the Government—and That’s Bad News for Libertarians
Nick Gillespie, The Daily Beast

What if distrust in government perversely drives demand for more government?

How the Gates Foundation Shapes State Higher-Education Policy
Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Education

Over the past several years, lawmakers in dozens of states have passed laws restricting remedial college courses and tying appropriations to graduation rates. The changes have been advanced by an unusual alliance of private foundations and state policy makers who are shaping higher-education strategies in profound ways.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, July 15, 2013

What ‘Conscience’ Really Means
Interview with Robert George, National Review

‘Respect for the dignity of the human being requires more than formally sound institutions; it also requires a cultural ethos in which people act from conviction to treat one another as human beings should be treated: with respect, civility, justice, compassion,” Robert P. George writes in his new book, Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism.

The New York Times, Church-State Law, and Equality
Andrew Lewis, Public Discourse

Prohibiting religious schools from using public facilities would not protect religious freedom; it would encourage further discrimination against religion and religious people.

Religious Liberty: A Tale of Two Countries
Alexander Griswold, Juicy Ecumenism

The vast gulf between our two nations’ ideas of religious liberty was beautifully demonstrated in two recent incidents.

The Connection Between Flourishing and Economic Freedom
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

If economics is a tool which allows us to better steward our scarce resources, we can think about economic freedom as an objective measurement of how we are doing as stewards working towards flourishing.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, July 12, 2013

Christians Targeted for Retribution in Egypt
Ben Hubbard, New York Times

The military’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi has unleashed a new wave of violence by extremist Muslims against Christians whom they blame for having supported the calls to overthrow Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist elected leader, according to rights activists.

Marshall McLuhan’s Four Innovation Fundamentals
Daniel Honan, Big Think

DeGraff says McLuhan’s underlying ideas on innovation are a powerful blueprint for innovation in the digital age.

Vatican-Anglican alliance on poverty
The Tablet

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is in talks with Pope Francis about a new initiative that would link the Anglican Communion with the Vatican in the fight against poverty.

Faith and Work: What Needs to Be Read and What Needs to be Written
Greg Forster, The Gospel Coalition

More Christians today are learning how to integrate faith with work, and they want to know where to look for more insight.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Artists Learn Art of Business to Brave Tough Economic Times
PBS Newshour

Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how artists are learning to fine-tune their entrepreneurial skills in order to help them design their own careers in an unsure economy.

Don’t Forget the Copts in Egypt’s Chaos
Gracy Howard, The American Conservative

The Coptic Pope Tawadros II has complained that Morsi wanted to Islamize the government and ignored the plight of Egyptian Copts, who face escalating persecution since the coup.

Egyptians Want Greater Economic Freedom Before Democracy
Anthony B. Kim, The Foundry

For many ordinary Egyptians, fixing the economy is key. They are demanding a functioning economy that works under the rule of law.

The Four-Chapter Gospel in Our Work
Taylor Barkley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. How do these concepts show up in our daily work?

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Six Inconvenient Truths About Obamacare
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg

The White House’s decision last week to delay part of its health-care overhaul illustrates six truths about the law that its supporters can’t easily acknowledge.

What Egypt’s coup means for the Middle East
Stephan Burklin, AEI Ideas

Two and a half years after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, Egypt is once again in the throes of a revolution.

Prayer, amid Egypt’s upheaval, called ‘precipice of opportunity’
Eden Nelson, Baptist Press

The day after Mohamed Morsi was deposed as Egypt’s first democratically elected president, the country’s streets once again filled with millions of Egyptians exercising their right to protest.

Was the American Revolution a Just War?
Eric Patterson, Washington Post

Was the American Revolution a just war? As we celebrate our independence, it is worth evaluating the justification for the conflict that gave birth to these United States.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Solving Poverty Is Rocket Science
Richard Stearns, Christianity Today

Christians are among America’s most compassionate people. But we can do a better job responding to the complexity of poverty.

The Mosquito Bite Analogy
Bryan Caplan, EconLog

Free-market economists often lament the difficulty of communicating their ideas to a popular audience. Why? Because the free-market prescription is often, “Government should leave the problem alone. Trying to fix it only makes it worse.” How is anyone supposed to sell such counter-intuitive ideas?

Orthodox Priests Continue To Be Targeted By Syrian Rebels
Milena Faustova, OCP Media

The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), which unites 29 countries, made a statement saying that according to information available, two Orthodox metropolitans have been killed in Syria during the past few months.

The Myth of Unreligious America
Rodney Stark, Wall Street Journal

Most of those who say they have ‘no religion’ on surveys also pray. Half believe in angels.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, July 8, 2013

What Edmund Burke Knew About Obamacare
David Wilezol, Values & Capitalism

One of the bedrock ideas of conservative thought is the law of unintended consequences. Despite our best calculated projections, we can’t know for certain the outcomes of every public policy decision.

John Calvin and rebellion against the government
Paul Helm, Credo Magazine

I’ve heard it said that John Calvin was not in favor of rebellion against the government, and that it was John Locke to whom would-be rebels looked to justify Christian rebellion, as we might call it. For a recent example of this view see here. But I think the matter is a bit more complicated than that, and that a case can be made for Calvin leaving open, in fact if not in intention, the legitimacy of rebellion as a last resort against civil injustice.

Coordinating the Kingdom and the Common Good
Luke Bretherton, Cardus

Social movements are crucial to political change. But what about the church?

Entrepreneurship in the Bible
Brian Baugus, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Scripture contains several cases of entrepreneurship, but we must first make sure that we are using the proper definition of the word. Entrepreneurship is a creative act that brings higher levels of satisfaction to people, results in more order, and finds ways to create greater value than existed before.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, July 5, 2013

Catholics, Evangelicals, Others Join Forces for Religious Liberty
Kristin Rudolph, Juicy Ecumenism

Yesterday (July 2) a group of inter-religious leaders released a letter responding to the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) final version of its contraceptive insurance coverage mandate.

Faith in the Free Market
Josh Kwan and Dashell Laryea, Christianity Today

Wes Selke’s HUB Ventures invests in entrepreneurs whose products create a social good.

Freedom and Flourishing
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Americans, in rejecting the aristocracies of Europe and the belief in the divine right of kings, set forth a social, political, and economic experiment that has resulted in unprecedented opportunity. This chain of events has created a society of opportunity where individuals are encouraged, through markets, to use their creativity and gifts to exchange, trade, and create flourishing for themselves and others.

Most in U.S. Still Proud to Be an American
Frank Newport, Gallup

But 71% of Americans say the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Shadow War Against Syria’s Christians
Nina Shea, National Review

“Though no religious community has been spared egregious suffering, Syria’s ancient Christian minority has cause to believe that it confronts an ‘existential threat.’”

God’s plan for work: The cultural mandate
Paul Grimmond, The Briefing

s there a distinction between ‘gospel work’ and ‘secular work’? Is all work the same, and does it always glorify God?

How To Be Happy
Wesley Gant, Values & Capitalism

So what is it that makes up that substance, according to Dr. Brooks? What we have always known intuitively, and now research confirms, is that there are four keys to a happy life:

Growth of the Nonreligious
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

About half of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society.