Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 08.23.17

National Sovereignty and the Challenge of Immigration
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

The idea of national sovereignty is indispensable to any coherent discussion of immigration policy.

How High Bail Costs Contribute to Systemic Poverty
Julian Adorney, FEE

Of the 646,000 people in local jails, 70% have not yet been convicted of a crime.

Can the Church Offer Meaning to a Meaningless Age?
Drew Mackenzie, Values & Capitalism

Both de Tocqueville and the Committee identify, though not in so many words, the Catholic principle of subsidiarity as a primary good of associational life. Under the rule of subsidiarity, responsibility for common goods is left at the most local levels. Pope Pius XI writes in Quadragesimo anno:

These 12 Books Will Make You a Better Public Theologian
Bruce Ashford

Kuyper was not a perfect man, but he was a faithful and exemplary public theologian. I, for one, have benefitted in an extraordinary way from reading his writings on public theology. For that reason, I commend Kuyper’s Collected Works in Public Theology. Never before available in English, these works will introduce a new audience to the scholarship of one of Christianity’s most thoughtful public theologians.

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).