Americans Giving at Record Numbers

Charitable giving in America has risen for the third consecutive year. The picture behind this recent report is rather interesting. Due to the absence of natural disasters, both nationally and internationally, large giving to major relief projects declined. Continue Reading...

The Cause and Cure of Poverty

What causes poverty? The question presently plagues many serious Christian thinkers and leaders. The answers vary but the proposed solutions are the stuff of our political campaigns every four years. We can already hear the discussion from the various candidates for the presidency in 2008, both Republican and Democrat. Continue Reading...

The Great Bible Reef – Is Green VBS Good VBS?

This year’s hot vacation bible school package is called The Great Bible Reef – Dive Deep Into God’s Word. The folks at BretherenPress are advertising The Great Bible Reef this way: Dive into the ‘Great Bible Reef’ for an incredible VBS! Continue Reading...

Mohler on Making Manimals

Albert Mohler weighs in on the chimera phenomenon, “The Chimeras Are Coming.” He links to a WaPo article from yesterday, “Making Manimals,” by William Saletan. Saletan, a writer for Slate.com, concludes with this advice: “If you want permanent restrictions, your best bet is the senator who tried to impose them two years ago. Continue Reading...

A New Poverty Poll from Barna

There’s lots to digest and consider in a new Barna report on poverty: A new national survey by The Barna Group regarding people’s perspectives on poverty shows that Americans are quite concerned about what they perceive to be a significant and growing challenge facing the nation. Continue Reading...

The Abject Failure of the U.N.

The idealism and the goals of the United Nations are laudable. The results, at least in recent years, have often been nothing short of a disaster. One example will suffice—the recently created U.N.’s Human Rights Council, begun a year ago this past week. Continue Reading...

Immigration and Xenophobia

I’m reading David Schmidtz’s Elements of Justice, which is very ably reviewed (although not by me) in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality (10.1). I just read a striking passage, which discusses the merits of a principle of property rights that respects first possession rather than equal shares. Continue Reading...

Medical Malpractice and Abortion

I thought this was an interesting bit at the intersection of morality and economics. An insurance brokerage firm, K&B Underwriters, is sponsoring a physicians’ survey designed to determine whether doctors who work within a “culture of life” framework (e.g., eschewing abortion) are less prone to malpractice suits than those who don’t. Continue Reading...

More Audio from Acton University

This post will be updated and bumped as more audio becomes available. Newer audio appears at the bottom of the list. Economic Liberty in Catholic Social Teaching: Kishore Jayabalan Competing Visions of Business: Michael Miller Sixteenth-Century Protestant Moral Theologians: Stephen Grabill Catholic Social Teaching: Basic Principles: Stephen HaesslerNOTE: This is a re-post; the audio link from a previous post has been corrected. Continue Reading...