PowerLinks – 05.07.13

Muslims, Monasteries, Jews, Sikhs, and Scholars Urge Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Religious Liberty Appeal The Becket Fund Diverse Group of Amicus Briefs Ask the High Court to Protect a Peaceful Hutterite Colony The Many Faces of Neo-Marxism Walter Laqueur, The National Interest If this perceived Marx renaissance has little to do with the actual teachings of Marx, with which the poststructuralists, postmodernists and gender scholars seem only vaguely familiar, how does one explain the renaissance, however modest it may be and however restricted to elite Western universities that have little connection to today’s industrial working class? Continue Reading...

Is Belief in the Second Coming of Christ Bad for Creation?

Do you believe that Jesus will return to Earth someday? Then you probably don’t care about environmental devastation and the catastrophic loss of life of future generations. That’s the absurd conclusion drawn in an academic paper published in the latest issue of Political Research Quarterly. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 05.06.13

Religious Education in Peril Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism It is not likely that public school attendance will be required of all children any time soon, but the government may effectively restrict or prohibit religious education. Continue Reading...

Audio: Sirico on Law and Virtue

Rev. Robert A. Sirico speaks at the 2013 Law Day Celebration May 1st was Law Day across America, and here in Grand Rapids, the Acton Institute joined the Catholic Lawyers Association of West Michigan to sponsor a Law Day Celebration at the St. Continue Reading...
Rev. Sirico addresses the 2013 Law Day Celebration

Justice Scalia Echoes Lord Acton’s Warning on Corrupting Power

Reading through Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court’s Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice, I came across this gem: “No government official is ‘tempted’ to place restraints upon his own freedom of action, which is why Lord Acton did not say ‘Power tends to purify.'” The comments from Justice Scalia emerged from Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Continue Reading...

Retirement and the End of Work

“Retirement as a cultural concept needs to go away.” So says Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in a thought-provoking piece today over at Forbes. I agree with the sentiment, in large part because good work never ends. Continue Reading...