PowerLinks – 09.24.12

Do Social Programs Intrude on ‘Moral Space’? Benjamin Wiker, National Catholic Register It is primarily the Church’s moral duty to care for the poor, not the state’s. Thinking it’s the state’s duty has led many well-intentioned Catholics to believe that their moral responsibility to the poor is fulfilled by lobbying for state social welfare programs. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg: Constitutions, Culture, and the Economy

Writing in Public Discourse, Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg notes that while Constitutional law has often been used to shape economies, there are limits to the law’s ability to influence economic culture: The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare sharply reminds us of constitutional law’s significance for economic life. Continue Reading...

October 15 Scholarship Deadline

The deadline to apply for a scholarship through the Calihan Academic Fellowship program is one month away! If you or anyone you know are looking for financial aid opportunities for next semester, I invite you to visit the Calihan Academic Fellowship page on Acton’s website for details about this competitive scholarship program. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.21.12

Trends in Voter Preferences Among Religious Groups Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life A new interactive graphic tracks voting preferences for the upcoming presidential election among several major religious groups. Continue Reading...

ResearchLinks – 09.21.12

Book Note: “As If God Existed” Maurizio Viroli. As if God Existed: Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. Religion and liberty are often thought to be mutual enemies: if religion has a natural ally, it is authoritarianism–not republicanism or democracy. Continue Reading...

Hobby Lobby’s Billionaire CEO Says ‘God Owns It’

Forbes recently ran a profile of Christian billionaire and Hobby Lobby CEO David Green. According to Forbes, Green is “the largest evangelical benefactor in the world,” giving “at upwards of $500 million” over the course of his life, primarily to Christian ministries. Continue Reading...

Why Religious Liberty Should Be the Moral Center for American Diplomacy

In his magisterial work on the twentieth century, Modern Times, historian Paul Johnson highlights how in the 1920s Germany transformed from being “exceptionally law-abiding into an exceptionally violent society.” A key factor, according to Johnson, was an erosion of the rule of law and partisan acceptance of political violence against groups disdained by the State. Continue Reading...