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PowerLinks 03.12.14

Natural Law: Basic Principles, Objections, and Responses Justin Taylor, The Gospel Coalition A basic summary from Greg Forster’s very helpful book, The Contested Public Square: The Crisis of Christianity and Politics (IVP, 2008). Continue Reading...

City Of Grand Rapids Continues To Deny Acton’s Application For Property Tax Exemption

The city of Grand Rapids, Mich. continues to deny the Acton Institute application for property tax-exemption, even as Acton presents evidence to support such status. The Acton Institute, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and ranked #11 in the world as a social policy think tank by the University of Pennsylvania, received notice from City Assessor Scott Engerson that it did not meet the criteria for tax-exempt status for property tax purposes. Continue Reading...

When It Comes To Government, Small Is Beautiful

Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament and writer, says he believes the European Union is “making its peoples poorer, less democratic and less free.” In the short video below, he explains why, when it comes to government, smaller is better. Continue Reading...

Why Libertarians Shouldn’t Be Atheists

The impression that atheism or materialism is an accomplished host for libertarian values is mistaken, says Jay Richards. “Libertarians may be surprised to learn that these core values—if not the entire repertoire of libertarian ideas—makes far more sense in a theistic milieu.” Richards examines four areas that are lost by embracing an atheistic, materialistic worldview: No Individual Rights No Freedom or Responsibility No Reliable Reason No Moral Truth Richards makes clear that his argument does not claim that either libertarian values or theism is true, or that theists must be libertarians. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 03.11.14

Prudence is a Virtue Adam Gurri, The Umlaut [P]rudence is a virtue, that caring for oneself and one’s closest friends and family members is as much a moral question as one’s duty to strangers, or one’s civic obligations. Continue Reading...