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Post Tagged 'limited government'

Religious Liberty or Government Tolerance?

Al Mohler absolutely dismantles Nicholas Kristof in this new piece. The cause of this skewering? Kristof’s “Beyond Pelvic Politics” column in The New York Times. Mohler notes, After asking his most pressing question, “After all, do we really want to make accommodations across the range of faith?,” he makes this amazing statement: “The basic principle of American life is that we try to respect religious beliefs, and accommodate them where we can.” That sentence caught the immediate attention of many. Continue Reading...

Fearing Big Government

In terms of the blogosphere, I’m sure this polling data from Gallup published two days ago showing that fear of big government dwarfs fear of big business and big labor is ancient history. Continue Reading...

Speaking of a Principled Basis for Limited Government

My recent posts on politics and austerity and this week’s Acton Commentary refer to a principled basis for limited government. I speak of “the limits of government rooted in a rich and variegated civil society.” Here’s a good statement of that basis from Lord Acton: There are many things government can’t do – many good purposes it must renounce. Continue Reading...

Review: The Battle

On his website, David Bahnsen reviews The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future by Arthur C. Brooks: The strongest points of the book, and the reason Brooks has done such critically important work here (World magazine has already recognized the book as its Book of 2010, by the way) are found in these two areas: (1) The moral nature of the battle that exists (2) The fundamental materialism that underpins the left’s approach towards creating income equality. Continue Reading...

Government and the Good Life

In preparing for an Acton University lecture last week on Christianity and Government (you can listen to it here) Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Continue Reading...