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‘The Hobbit’ and Virtue
Joseph Pearce, National Catholic Register

At its deepest level of meaning, The Hobbit is a pilgrimage of grace in which its protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, becomes grown-up in the most important sense.

Economic Trade and the Call to Community
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

God did not create us to live in isolation. We are called into community, and we are social beings created for fellowship both with our Heavenly Father and with each other.

Religious freedom for military being negotiated by Senate-House conference committee
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A congressional conference committee is negotiating whether the federal government will protect the religious freedom of military chaplains and armed services members regarding homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.”

The Real Social Justice Issue: Taking Care of the Violent Mentally Ill
Anne Hendershott, Catholic World Report

Seriously troubled people and their families need help—to protect themselves and others.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).