Acton Commentary: The Legalism of Political Christianity

In today’s Acton Commentary I explore “The Legalism of Political Christianity.” This quote from Ernest Lefever (not included in the piece but which does appear in my book) represents the basic position well: It is dangerous for any Christian body to identify itself fully with any specific political cause or order, whether the prevailing one or a challenge to it. Continue Reading...

Neal Johnson: When Charity Shames

There’s a story that I heard, of a miner, a family down in– it was in the Appalachia area and the church there really thought that they were doing a great deal because they would go in, they said they would pick the poorest families and they would take them Christmas gifts and turkeys and that sort of thing. Continue Reading...

Morse on Redeeming Economics

An exciting new book for anyone interested in the intersection of morality/theology and economics is John Mueller’s Redeeming Economics. I haven’t yet seen the book myself, but Acton Senior Fellow Jennifer Morse reviews it here. Continue Reading...

Veterans Day: E.B. Sledge and The Old Breed

photo reprinted with permission from warofourfathers.comThe emotional scars and nightmares from Eugene Bondurant Sledge’s memories of the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa haunted him for years. He was among a company of men who didn’t talk about their feelings. Continue Reading...

Happy 235th Birthday to the Marines

Today is the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The PowerBlog has some excellent tributes to the Marines in the archives. They are certainly appropriate to highlight today: The Few, The Proud, The Marines Review: Joker One Film Review: Taking Chance Here is an excerpt from my post “The Few, The Proud, The Marines:” When I worked for U.S. Continue Reading...

Acton Roundtable 2: Marxism, Utopianism, Environmentalism

“Environmentalism, Marxism, Utopianism,” Part 2 of a recent Acton roundtable discussion, is now available. Michael Miller leads a discussion with Samuel Gregg, Jordan Ballor and Anielka Munkel about environmentalism, Marxism, liberation, theology, Christian syncretism, Utopianism and one of Michael’s favorite topics, Alexis de Tocqueville. Continue Reading...

Innovation Challenge Grant Announcement

I got news of a new innovation challenge grant from our friend Andreas Widmer at the Seven Fund. Seven is partnering with the Fisherman Foundation and Hapinoy Stores to promote innovative ways to use enterprise as a solution to poverty. Continue Reading...