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Thinking Biblically About Bankruptcy

The Bible has a lot to say about the principles behind bankruptcy law, says T. Kyle Bryant. In the Old Testament, God gave Moses various laws concerning the poor, lenders, borrowers, and debt forgiveness. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 06.06.14

Will Catholics Comply? Michael Gorman, First Things The Bishops said they couldn’t go along with the HHS mandate. Will they in the end? More evidence that giving poor people money is a great cure for poverty Dylan Matthews, Vox As solutions to global poverty go, “just give poor people money” is pretty rock solid. Continue Reading...

Ross Douthat On Family And Culture

New York Times columnist and Acton University 2014 plenary speaker Ross Douthat is featured in an interview with the Institute for Family Studies. Douthat addresses issues surrounding marriage and family life, pop culture influences and the media. Continue Reading...

Left Wing Bias in Schools Requires More than a Band-Aid

Taxpayer subsidized textbooks tend to tilt left, often aggressively so. Mary Grabar notes that this is especially obvious with composition textbooks: Freshman composition class at many colleges is propaganda time, with textbooks conferring early sainthood on President Obama and lavishing attention on writers of the far left—Howard Zinn, Christopher Hedges, Peter Singer and Barbara Ehrenreich, for instance–but rarely on moderates, let alone anyone right of center. Continue Reading...

What Christians Should Know About Unemployment

Note: This is the latest entry in the Acton blog series, “What Christians Should Know About Economics.” For other entries in the series see this post.  The Term: Unemployment What it Means: If you consult a dictionary, you’ll find a number of commonsensical definitions for unemployment: the state of being without a job; being without a paid job but available to work, etc. Continue Reading...

Economic Growth And Religion: What’s The Connection?

The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation has issued a global study that links religious freedom to economic growth. Researchers say that religious freedom has been a previously “unrecognized asset to economic recovery and growth,” and that religion contributes heavily to peace and stability, both of which are necessary to economic stability. Continue Reading...

The Paradoxes of Religious Liberty and Economic Freedom

The role of economic liberty in contributing to human flourishing and the common good remains deeply underappreciated, says Samuel Gregg, even by those who are dedicated to religious liberty: The relationship between economic and religious liberty can, however, work the other way: subtle corrosion of economic freedom can undermine religious liberty. Continue Reading...