PowerLinks – 04.25.13

New Poll Finds Texas Voters Favor Private School Choice Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice School choice may be a contentious topic in the legislature, but a new survey shows more than half of Texas voters favor increasing student access to private schools. Continue Reading...

Why Christians Should Care About Government Waste

If I grill a Porterhouse steak for dinner, eat half and then throw away the other half, I’m being wasteful but not necessarily immoral. But if I grill a steak and then, instead of eating it, throw it all in the garbage disposal, my wastefulness is morally problematic. Continue Reading...

Commentary: Christianity, the Environment, and Modern Gnostics

While some environmentalists claim that Judaism and Christianity have been neglectful of environmental concerns, the history of these faith traditions shows otherwise. Matthea Brandenburg looks at the patristic witness, using the recent work of an Eastern Catholic scholar who argues that prayer and a healthy, every-day asceticism can keep relations between Creation and Creator on solid footing. Continue Reading...

Greek and Syriac Orthodox Patriarchates on Kidnapped Bishops

The following official joint statement has been released by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East: On Monday the 22.04.2013, we were surprised by the news that our brothers Bishop Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, have been kidnapped on their way back to Aleppo after accomplishing a humanitarian mission. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 04.24.13

Kidnap of Syrian bishops sparks global concern OCP News The kidnapping of two Syrian bishops, reportedly by Chechen fighters, sparked international concern on Tuesday, as rebels battled regime and Hezbollah forces in Homs province, a watchdog said. Continue Reading...

Eulogies to Margaret Thatcher at the Pub (and the Cathedral)

The Pavilion End pub with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background Last week following Acton’s seminar on morality, virtue, and Catholic social teaching with a group of financiers, bankers, and other business executives in London, I was invited to attend a private eulogy service organized by the Freedom Association for the late Lady Margaret Thatcher. Continue Reading...

The Most Important Economic Chart in Western Civilization

James Pethokoukis of AEI says that this is the most important economic chart in Western civilization. I completely agree. The concept is so important that no student should receive a passing grade in any economics class—whether in high school or college—unless they can explain why economic growth matters (ideally, every educated Christian would be able to do so too since it has theological implications). Continue Reading...