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The Golden Key of Soul Freedom

In an interview with Christianity Today, social critic Os Guinness explains why religious liberty it necessary for societal flourishing: Americans employ the term “religious freedom,” while Europeans prefer the roughly synonymous term “freedom of religion and belief.” In the book, you suggest something deeper and broader with the term “soul freedom.” What is “soul freedom”? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.20.13

A Big Heart Open to God Antonio Spadaro, S.J., America The exclusive interview with Pope Francis What Has Happened to the Incomes of the Middle Class and Poor? Scott Winshi, e21 New income figures released by the Census Bureau today will inspire a wave of commentary about the sluggishness of the recovery and the decline in living standards that started with the recession. Continue Reading...

Annual Meeting ‘Godflies’ at Cross Purposes with Investors

“Shareholders’ boardroom clout increases” touts the website at the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility The linked article takes readers to an August 20 essay by Sara Murphy at The Motley Fool in which the author asserts: “New research out today from the Sustainable Investments Institute, or Si2, shows that investors are filing more environmentally and socially themed shareholder resolutions now than ever before, and those resolutions are getting more support during proxy voting than they ever have.” Not so fast, Ms. Continue Reading...

Michael Novak, George Weigel: Iraq Yesterday, Syria Today

The National Catholic Register asked prominent Catholic intellectuals Michael Novak and George Weigel to address the current U.S. involvement in Syria and its involvement with Iraq 10 years ago. While both supported the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, they have a different take on the current situation with Syria. Continue Reading...

College and the Value of a Paycheck

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Over at Think Christian today, I explore the connection between higher education as a means to greater earning power in “The myth of lucrative college majors.” I argue that “the size of a paycheck is not the only factor worth considering,” and go on to detail what a paycheck does and does not represent. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.19.13

Russia’s Orthodox Awakening Nadieszda Kizenko, Foreign Affairs The fraying of Russia’s church-state alliance. The Coptic Church in peril: The Islamization of Egypt and the end of Egyptian Christianity Samuel Tadros, ABC Religion and Ethics While the Egyptian regime maintained its verbal commitment to Nasser’s socialist policies, the reality was a state bureaucracy and services network that had lost all ability to deliver due to population growth. Continue Reading...