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Religion & Liberty: From cuneiform to Kindle

cover_25_3_summerFew industries have evolved quite as quickly and fundamentally in the last few years as publishing. Leading the way in this changing landscape is Bob Pritchett, CEO of Faithlife Corporation. This summer issue of Religion & Liberty begins with an interview with Pritchett, who discusses how Faithlife sets trends in the publishing industry rather than simply responding to them.

It’s the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” this year, and while Americans look back fondly on the 4-3 victory of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team over the Soviet Union, the players from behind the Iron Curtain went home devastated and determined to improve. It’s fitting that in this issue, Jordan Ballor reviews Red Army, a recent documentary about the Soviet Union’s hockey team during the 1980s, focusing on one of the best Russian players ever, Viacheslav Fetisov, who went on to play for the Detroit Red Wings.

Are economists inherently immoral? Is the study of economics a noble pursuit? Dylan Pahman wrestles with these questions in his essay “The higher calling of the dismal science.”

It’s a common pronouncement that the United States was, and some say still is, a Christian nation. Kevin M. Kruse’s new book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America makes a different claim. Joseph M. Knippenberg reviews this book and discusses these implications in a historical context.

In the FAQ, Kris Mauren, executive director of the Acton Institute, discusses the Acton@25 Capital Campaign: what’s left to do and when the campaign will officially wrap up.

In the Liberal Tradition takes a look at human rights advocate and former slave Sojourner Truth (1797–1883). Truth’s speeches on social issues, tireless work for the most worthy causes, and great faith should not be forgotten. Double-Edged Sword deals with the issue of unity (or lack thereof) in the church and reflects on Ephesians 4:1–3.

Faith and freedom are not only two foundations in Acton’s mission, but they’re also gifts for all humankind. In “Illuminating gifts,” Rev. Robert Sirico reflects on faith and freedom. “These gifts offer us illumination,” he notes, “to see and know the truth, and the ability to carry out that truth each day in our lives.”