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).

Posts by Joe Carter

PowerLinks – 09.26.12

China needs to free the Bible market Jillian Kay Melchior, AFF Doublethink Online By creating a free market for Bibles, China could promote educated and peaceful Christianity. That, in turn, would contribute to harmonious Chinese society. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg on the Vatican’s Role in Global Diplomacy

World Politics Review recently interviewed Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg about the Vatican’s foreign policymaking: WPR: What are the main policy initiatives that the Vatican is currently promoting on the international stage, and how receptive are other nations to its interests? Continue Reading...

Where Does Your Mutual Fund Go to Church?

Are you a risk-adverse investor? Then you may want to avoid choosing a mutual fund that’s headquartered in an area with lots of Catholics. New research from the University of Georgia and Southern Methodist University and published in Management Science shows that the dominant local religion—whether Protestant or Catholic—significantly affects mutual fund behaviors. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.25.12

Freedom Under Attack National Catholic Register The recent assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and the blasphemy trial of a 14-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome in Pakistan shine a spotlight on the increasing threat to religious freedom around the globe. Continue Reading...

Is Folk Atheism Becoming the Dominant Religion in Europe?

A recent survey contains one of the most disheartening statistics I’ve ever read: In eastern Germany the survey was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who claimed they were “certain God exists.” The survey was taken in 2008, which means that not a single person born after the fall of the Berlin Wall could be found who expressed no doubt about the reality of their Creator. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.24.12

Do Social Programs Intrude on ‘Moral Space’? Benjamin Wiker, National Catholic Register It is primarily the Church’s moral duty to care for the poor, not the state’s. Thinking it’s the state’s duty has led many well-intentioned Catholics to believe that their moral responsibility to the poor is fulfilled by lobbying for state social welfare programs. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg: Constitutions, Culture, and the Economy

Writing in Public Discourse, Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg notes that while Constitutional law has often been used to shape economies, there are limits to the law’s ability to influence economic culture: The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare sharply reminds us of constitutional law’s significance for economic life. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.21.12

Trends in Voter Preferences Among Religious Groups Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life A new interactive graphic tracks voting preferences for the upcoming presidential election among several major religious groups. Continue Reading...

Why Religious Liberty Should Be the Moral Center for American Diplomacy

In his magisterial work on the twentieth century, Modern Times, historian Paul Johnson highlights how in the 1920s Germany transformed from being “exceptionally law-abiding into an exceptionally violent society.” A key factor, according to Johnson, was an erosion of the rule of law and partisan acceptance of political violence against groups disdained by the State. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 09.20.12

Economic Freedom Matters for a Flourishing Society Jay Richards and Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics Economic freedom is the best system known to do this. It provides almost limitless possibilities for individuals to unleash their creativity and offer it to the world. Continue Reading...