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).

Posts by Joe Carter

How God makes a pencil

In 1958, Leonard Read published his brilliant essay, “I, Pencil.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute recently released a wonderful video that illustrates Read’s point that the creation of a pencil requires an unfathomable level of complexity and undirected cooperation. Continue Reading...

Wisconsin Democrats want to hear your confession

In Wisconsin, Democratic state legislators are proposing the Clergy Mandatory Reporter Act (CMRA), which would require “that members of the clergy report any instances of child abuse, including sexual abuse, ending the loophole of unjust cover-ups and misreporting currently occurring in our state.” Continue Reading...

The most dangerous countries to be a Christian

Today is the first observance of the “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.” The observance, as Alliance Defending Freedom notes, is considered by human rights experts to be an important step towards the prevention of religious persecution in the future. Continue Reading...

Has the purpose of corporations changed?

In his influential 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom economist Milton Friedman promoted the position of shareholder primacy by declaring that a corporation has no real “social responsibility” to the public, since its only concern is to increase profits for the shareholders. Continue Reading...

Book Review: A brief primer on the ideas of Milton Friedman

The Book: Milton Friedman: A concise guide to the ideas and influence of the free-market economist by Eamonn Butler The Gist: As the subtitle suggests, this short book provides a concise overview of the ideas and influence of the late economist, Milton Friedman The Quote: “[T]he supporters of tariffs treat it as self-evident that the creation of jobs is a desirable end, in and of itself, regardless of what the persons employed do. Continue Reading...

Mass shootings and the vocation of hero

If you wonder why there are so many mass shootings in America lately you might start by asking why you don’t know the name of Leo Johnson. Seven years ago today, Johnson, the operations manager for Family Research Council (FRC) was temporarily manning the front desk at the organization’s Washington, DC headquarters when a terrorist entered with a handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition. Continue Reading...

Trump backs off his decision to tax Bibles

Is President Trump finally beginning to understand how tariffs harm Americans? On Tuesday Trump said he was backing off his September 1 deadline for 10% tariffs on some Chinese imports. “We’re doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. Continue Reading...