Is Religious Freedom a “Natural Right”?

Over at The Claremont Institute, Hadley Arkes considers whether religious freedom is a “natural right.” His exploration of the question is lengthy and complex and, as with everything Prof. Arkes writes, worthy of serious consideration. Continue Reading...

Monks, Beer, and the Labor of their Hands

Fr. Z’s Blog has a great post highlighting the Benedictine Monks at Norcia and their new brew. Here is the motto from the Birra Nursia site. Wonderful stuff, really: In complete harmony with the centuries old tradition, the monks of Norcia have sought to share with the world a product which came about in the very heart of the monastic life, one which reminds us of the goodness of creation and the potential that it contains. Continue Reading...

Bono, Babel, and the Myth of Economist as Savior

Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of charity-group ONE, recently offered some positive words about the role of markets in reducing global poverty and spurring economic development (HT): The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.” “Job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge,” he told an audience of 200 leading technology entrepreneurs and investors at the F.ounders tech conference in Dublin. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 10.25.12

The Christian Calling to Citizenship Jennifer A. Marshall, The Gospel Coalition To apply a Christian worldview to questions of public policy isn’t self-interested. It’s serving our neighbor. Markets – A Call to Serve One Another? Continue Reading...

Acton Commentary: Desiccated Christianity

“When Christian institutions attempt to mitigate or compromise this understanding of their mission–often as the result of the political pressure–they morph into shadowy versions of their former selves,” writes Rev. Robert A. Continue Reading...

Equality of Opportunity vs. Sameness of Opportunity

Conservatives should embrace the cause of equality of opportunity, says David Azerrad, not sameness of opportunity. [W]e must not confuse equality of opportunity with sameness of opportunity. Equality of opportunity is a moral imperative and a requirement of just government. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 10.24.12

Rejecting Communism for Christ: one man’s story Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald Cardinal Danielou ‘saw clearly that a humanism divorced from faith in Jesus Christ ends in ruin and despair.’ The Constitution Guarantees only the Right to Property George Gilder, The Imaginative Conservative The great temptation and delusion of socialist regimes is to attempt to guarantee the value of things rather than the ownership of them. Continue Reading...

The Low Cost of Being Wrong

In March 2009 the deputy chief of Italy’s Civil Protection Department and six scientists who were members of a scientific advisory body to the Department held a meeting and then a press conference, during which they downplayed the possibility of an earthquake. Continue Reading...

Militant for Justice, Not for ‘Culture War’

The “culture war” is going to determine the future direction of evangelical political engagement, says Greg Forster. But Forster wonders why we can’t fight for justice in politics and build civic solidarity with our unbelieving neighbors: We have a moral imperative to be the church militant and fight for justice; we also have a moral imperative not to impose Christianity on people by force. Continue Reading...