Acton Commentary http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2008/04/02/marxist-roots-black-liberation-theology/user/register Acton Commentary is published weekly by the Acton Institute. en Bruce Wayne: A Capitalist Superhero http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/27/bruce-wayne-capitalist-superhero <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/daniel-menjivar">Daniel Menjivar</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The real hero of the recently released <em>Batman v. Superman</em> film is an often overshadowed character, Bruce Wayne. Batman&rsquo;s alter ego, Bruce Wayne is the CEO of Wayne Enterprises and the hero that Gotham, and in the case of this film, Metropolis needs too. Bruce Wayne is, in fact, a capitalist superhero.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/good-business-does">The Good That Business Does</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/27/bruce-wayne-capitalist-superhero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:42:35 +0000 rober6thom 6791 at http://www.acton.org Time and Eternity: The Abiding Profit http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/20/time-eternity-abiding-profit <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/abraham-kuyper">Abraham Kuyper</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the destruction of this present form of the world, will the fruit of <a href="https://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs/position-statements/common-grace">common grace</a> be destroyed forever, or will that rich and multiform development for which common grace has equipped and will yet equip our human race also bear fruit for the kingdom of glory as that will one day exist as the new earth, under the new heaven, overflowing with righteousness?</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/common-grace-gods-gifts-fallen-world-vol-1">Common Grace: God&#039;s Gifts for a Fallen World, vol. 1</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/20/time-eternity-abiding-profit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:46:22 +0000 rober6thom 6788 at http://www.acton.org Money and Moral Absolutes http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/13/money-moral-absolutes <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From the beginning of the first forms of capitalism in northern Italy, Flanders, and other parts of medieval Europe from the eleventh century onward, many of the merchants involved in increasingly sophisticated forms of finance wrote inscriptions such as <em>Deus enim et proficuum</em> (&ldquo;For God and Profit&rdquo;) in the upper corners of their accounting ledgers. Others opened their partnership contracts with the formula such as <em>A nome di Dio e guadangnio</em> (&ldquo;In the Name of God and Profit&rdquo;).</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/13/money-moral-absolutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:03:58 +0000 rober6thom 6787 at http://www.acton.org Hard Times for Free Trade http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/06/hard-times-free-trade <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every four years, Europeans ask me to make sense of the strange happenings of the US presidential campaign. It&rsquo;s usually a pretty straightforward explanation, with the Democrats cast as the closest thing we have to European social democrats and the Republicans as, well, Americans. This year, however, I am telling them we may be witnessing something altogether different and unpredictable, but which may mean the end of an era that has shaped modern Europe as we know it.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/04/06/hard-times-free-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:21:07 +0000 rober6thom 6785 at http://www.acton.org Martin Luther on Vocation and Serving Our Neighbors http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/30/martin-luther-vocation-serving-our-neighbors <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/gene-edward-veith">Gene Edward Veith</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-12" style="padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px;"> <p>For Martin Luther, vocation is nothing less than the locus of the Christian life. God works in and through vocation, but he does so by calling human beings to work in their vocations. In Jesus Christ, who bore our sins and gives us new life in his resurrection, God saves us for eternal life. But in the meantime he places us in our temporal life where we grow in faith and holiness. In our various callings&mdash;as spouse, parent, church member, citizen, and worker&mdash;we are to live out our faith.</p></div><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/30/martin-luther-vocation-serving-our-neighbors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:12:06 +0000 Michael Severance 6783 at http://www.acton.org The EU: Global Judicial Despotism and the International Criminal Court http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/22/eu-global-judicial-despotism-international-crimina <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/todd-huizinga">Todd Huizinga</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The European Union&rsquo;s goal of creating a post-nation-state, supranationally governed world&mdash;in which nations give up key aspects of their national sovereignty to a web of international institutions that administer and enforce a body of international law&mdash;is diametrically opposed to U.S. identity and ideals. Americans&rsquo; instinctively refuse to recognize as legitimate any international organization, law or treaty that claims any authority over Americans above the U.S.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/22/eu-global-judicial-despotism-international-crimina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:21:35 +0000 rober6thom 6782 at http://www.acton.org Feel the Romantic Bern http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/16/feel-romantic-bern <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Public choice theory, which applies to the realm of politics the rational-actor postulate of economists, rightly enjoys a high regard among advocates of liberty. From voting habits to inefficient, Kafkaesque bureaucracies, to the strength of special interest lobbies and rent-seeking behavior, public choice has shined a bright light on the need to affirm limited government and political freedom. It is politics, <a href="http://grad.mercatus.org/sites/default/files/Buchanan-%20Politics%20without%20Romance.pdf">to use James Buchanan&rsquo;s phrase</a>, &ldquo;without romance.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/16/feel-romantic-bern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:05:17 +0000 rober6thom 6778 at http://www.acton.org Alexander Hamilton’s Warning to Fans of Trump and Sanders: Populism Endangers Liberty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/09/alexander-hamilton%E2%80%99s-warning-fans-trump-sanders-po <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Populism is in. Reason is out. That picture seems to characterize contemporary American politics. While Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are campaigning for two different parties&rsquo; presidential nomination, the two men share in common an incoherent populism. Whether it&rsquo;s Trump&rsquo;s tirades about China or Senator Sanders&rsquo; insistence that the government can do just about everything and anything, both follow the classic populist playbook.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/09/alexander-hamilton%E2%80%99s-warning-fans-trump-sanders-po" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:15:28 +0000 rober6thom 6776 at http://www.acton.org Pope Francis, Donald Trump and the Problem of Populism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/02/pope-francis-donald-trump-problem-populism <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acton.org/global/article/letter-rome-francis-trump-populist-nexus">first broaching</a> the subject of the populism of Pope Francis and Donald Trump last September, I admit to being provocative, perhaps excessively so. Then the pope and Trump engaged in a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35607597">controversy</a> over building walls, with Trump initially taking exception to having his religious faith questioned. &ldquo;Who is the pope to judge?&rdquo; he may have asked.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/02/pope-francis-donald-trump-problem-populism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:34:46 +0000 rober6thom 6769 at http://www.acton.org Crossing the Waters of Freedom http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/24/crossing-waters-freedom <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ismael-hernandez">Ismael Hernandez</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although its roots are often attributed to Latin America, liberation theology was born in German schools of theology in the early twentieth century. From this birthplace in the ivory towers of the Old World, priests and theologians brought it to the jungles and plains of the New. Troubled by the genuine needs of the natives, these populist theologians challenged the pre-capitalist system that perpetuated the poverty of Latin lands.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/24/crossing-waters-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:37:19 +0000 rober6thom 6766 at http://www.acton.org A Conservative’s Odyssey: Russell Kirk and Twentieth-Century American Conservatism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/17/conservative%E2%80%99s-odyssey-russell-kirk-twentieth-cent <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Though it&rsquo;s not accurate to say that modern American conservativism did not exist until the publication of Russell Kirk&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Conservative-Mind-Burke-Eliot/dp/0895261715"><em>The Conservative Mind</em></a> (1953), it&mdash;along with Kirk&rsquo;s subsequent writings&mdash;provided serious intellectual substance to the reaction against modern liberalism that surfaced during Barry Goldwater&rsquo;s 1964 presidential campaign and culminated in Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s 1980 victory. One of the many strengths of Bradley J.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/17/conservative%E2%80%99s-odyssey-russell-kirk-twentieth-cent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:18:34 +0000 rober6thom 6753 at http://www.acton.org Determinism, Dependency, and the Irreducible Person http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/10/determinism-dependency-irreducible-person <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ismael-hernandez">Ismael Hernandez</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sociological determinism informs our public policy. Those with a stake in the maintenance and expansion of government bureaucracies feed upon pathology and find a willing constituency among those who perceive the world in terms of victims and perpetrators. If men are not free, they are not responsible for their misdeeds and ought instead to be treated with pity for falling prey to tragic misfortunes. They are to be healed by those who understand their powerlessness.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/10/determinism-dependency-irreducible-person" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:59:16 +0000 rober6thom 6747 at http://www.acton.org Lessons of the Flint Water Crisis http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/03/lessons-flint-water-crisis <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/kishore-jayabalan">Kishore Jayabalan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a native of Flint, Michigan, I am very saddened by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis">contaminated water crisis</a> that has broken out in my hometown and has now gathered <a href="http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/flints-water-crisis-is-a-blatant-example-of-environmental-injustice1/17517">international attention</a>. What&rsquo;s even sadder is that I am not terribly shocked that such a crisis could take place there.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/03/lessons-flint-water-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:10:34 +0000 rober6thom 6745 at http://www.acton.org The EU: Something Completely Different http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/26/eu-something-completely-different <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/todd-huizinga">Todd Huizinga</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Current events have made it more crucial than ever to understand what makes the European Union tick. What are the ideological roots of the eurozone crisis? Why do so many EU leaders seem willing to risk exposing their people to more jihadist terror and to invite a potentially unmanageable de-Westernization of Europe by opening the floodgates to immigrants from a burning Middle East? To understand why these crises are affecting Europe, we need to look at the unique nature of European Union.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/26/eu-something-completely-different" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:19:34 +0000 rober6thom 6740 at http://www.acton.org The Moral and Economic Poverty of the Lottery http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/19/moral-economic-poverty-lottery <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img alt="magazine stand image" class="img-responsive" height="303" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/magazine_stand.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 20px;" width="450" /></p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/19/moral-economic-poverty-lottery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:26:47 +0000 rober6thom 6739 at http://www.acton.org The Jedi Knights Templar http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/13/jedi-knights-templar <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>(For those who haven&rsquo;t seen the film, be warned that this essay contains spoilers.)</em></p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/13/jedi-knights-templar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:01:31 +0000 rober6thom 6737 at http://www.acton.org Social Institutions, Scrutiny, and the 1 Percent http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/06/social-institutions-scrutiny-1-percent <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan&rsquo;s letter to their daughter may indeed be <a href="http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/03/mark-zuckerbergs-empty-letter-to-his-daughter/">substantively vacuous</a>, but the move to place $45 billion into an explicitly socially-conscious LLC is illuminating on a number of levels.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/06/social-institutions-scrutiny-1-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:46:42 +0000 rober6thom 6734 at http://www.acton.org The End of Europe http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/06/end-europe <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In his <a href="http://www.amazon.com/M%C3%A9moires-despoir-Charles-Gaulle/dp/2259191371"><em>M&eacute;moires d&rsquo;Espoir</em></a>, the leader of Free France during World War II and the founder of the Fifth Republic, General Charles de Gaulle, wrote at length about a subject on many people&rsquo;s minds today&mdash;Europe. Though often portrayed as passionately French to the point of incorrigibility, de Gaulle was, in his own way, quintessentially European.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/01/06/end-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:44:34 +0000 rober6thom 6733 at http://www.acton.org Hot Fries and the End of Work http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/30/hot-fries-end-work <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/james-bruce">James Bruce</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;The end of work&rdquo; means at least two different things. The phrase can mean work stops. You had a job, but now you don&rsquo;t. But &ldquo;the end of work&rdquo; can also mean work&rsquo;s purpose or goal. This distinction is an important one.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/30/hot-fries-end-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:37:23 +0000 rober6thom 6732 at http://www.acton.org Keeping Watch over Their Flock at Night http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/22/keeping-watch-over-their-flock-night <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/abraham-kuyper">Abraham Kuyper</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;And there were shepherds in the fields nearby keeping watch over their flock at night.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>Luke 2:8</p> <p><a href="https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-A-248" target="_blank"><img alt="kuyper image keeping watch over the flock at night" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/kuyper_image.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 341px; float: right; margin-left: 20px;" /></a></p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/22/keeping-watch-over-their-flock-night" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:31:33 +0000 rober6thom 6731 at http://www.acton.org Social Justice and the Evangelical Church Today http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/16/social-justice-evangelical-church-today <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.clpress.com/publications/church%E2%80%99s-social-responsibility-reflections-evangelicalism-and-social-justice"><img alt="" class="alignright wp-image-84028" height="415" src="http://blog.acton.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/CSRMock-Front3-347x540.jpg" width="270" /></a></p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/get-your-hands-dirty-essays-christian-social-thoug">Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action)</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/16/social-justice-evangelical-church-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:32:17 +0000 rober6thom 6730 at http://www.acton.org Abraham Kuyper and the 'Bearer of Principle' http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/09/abraham-kuyper-bearer-principle <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/david-t-koyzis">David T. Koyzis</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://shop.acton.org/our-program-a-christian-political-manifesto.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://blog.acton.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/our_program.png" style="width: 289px; height: 300px; float: right;" /></a>What might Abraham Kuyper teach us as Americans prepare to go to the polls next year? I believe that he can help us to vote more intelligently by clarifying the true nature of representation in a democratic political community.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/09/abraham-kuyper-bearer-principle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:48:22 +0000 rober6thom 6729 at http://www.acton.org Black Friday and the Moral Goodness of the Market Economy http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/02/black-friday-moral-goodness-market-economy-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/rev-gregory-jensen">Rev. Gregory Jensen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Consumer preference is shifting away from brick and mortar stores. Based on initial figures, more of us are doing our Christmas shopping online.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/02/black-friday-moral-goodness-market-economy-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:41:44 +0000 rober6thom 6723 at http://www.acton.org The Perversion of the Establishment Clause http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/02/perversion-establishment-clause <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/zack-pruitt">Zack Pruitt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A football coach in Washington was recently <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/praying-football-coach-paid-leave-district-34816858">suspended</a> from his duties because he made a habit of praying at midfield following games.&nbsp; Players or students were never asked or required to participate but some did join him voluntarily for a post-game prayer that typically lasted fifteen to twenty seconds.&nbsp; Prior to his suspension, the coach was ordered to stop praying because school officials, citing the Supreme Court, said they did not want to be seen as endorsing religion.&nbsp</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/02/perversion-establishment-clause" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:35:11 +0000 rober6thom 6722 at http://www.acton.org Cheap Grace and Gratitude http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/25/cheap-grace-gratitude <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jordan-ballor">Jordan Ballor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week in the United States, and it&rsquo;s therefore an appropriate time to ponder the gifts we have been given and the gratitude we ought to have for them. It&rsquo;s easy to do these things at this time of year, but it is also appropriate to note that we ought to think about the gifts of God&rsquo;s grace throughout the year. That is, even as we acknowledge and are thankful for things this week, we should also come to a greater recognition of the divine origin of all good gifts all the time.</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/life-world">For the Life of the World</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/25/cheap-grace-gratitude" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:19:43 +0000 rober6thom 6719 at http://www.acton.org Acton and Burke: For the conservative wisdom of history and tradition http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/18/acton-burke-conservative-wisdom-history-tradition <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/gertrude-himmelfarb">Gertrude Himmelfarb</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What Lord Acton particularly admired in the later Edmund Burke was his empirical philosophy of politics, his refusal to give way to the metaphysical abstractions, the <em>a priori </em>speculations, that had been insinuated into public life by the rationalists of the French Revolution. Facts, Burke had admonished, are a severe taskmaster. They prohibit the idle vanities of philosophy and the bureaucratic pretensions of a logical, all-embracing political science, a <em>summum bonum </em>of mankind available to the benevolent legislator or administrator.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/18/acton-burke-conservative-wisdom-history-tradition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:26:35 +0000 rober6thom 6718 at http://www.acton.org Lord Acton and the Idea of Liberty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/10/lord-acton-idea-liberty <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/gertrude-himmelfarb">Gertrude Himmelfarb</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The opening words of Lord Acton&rsquo;s first lecture on the History of Freedom in 1877 set the theme: &ldquo;Liberty, next to religion, has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime, from the sowing of the seed at Athens, 2,460 years ago, until the ripened harvest was gathered by men of our race.&rdquo; In the course of time, constitutions were perverted, charters became obsolete, parliaments abdicated and peoples erred, but the idea of liberty survived.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/10/lord-acton-idea-liberty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:09:40 +0000 rober6thom 6695 at http://www.acton.org The higher calling of the dismal science http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/04/higher-calling-dismal-science <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Economist and theologian Paul Heyne once asked the question, &ldquo;Are economists basically immoral?&rdquo; He asked this because economists have a frustrating tendency to interrupt the high moral aspirations of others with complications about how, in the real world, life is not so simple. When other people are concerned with social justice and love, they have a knack for focusing on things like costs and logistics, seemingly putting a price on doing the right thing. Is this just an annoying habit of a small subset of social scientists, or might it be a moral calling?</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/04/higher-calling-dismal-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 13:33:19 +0000 rober6thom 6692 at http://www.acton.org Why the Left Keeps Winning http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/10/27/why-left-keeps-winning <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/samuel-gregg">Samuel Gregg</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s the rise to national prominence of Vermont&rsquo;s self-described democratic socialist senator Bernie Sanders, the election of a beyond-stereotypical 1970s sandal-wearing bearded-lefty, Jeremy Corbyn, as British Labour leader, <a href="https://today.yougov.com/news/2015/05/11/one-third-millennials-like-socialism/" style="line-height: 1.538em;">polls</a> estimating that 36 percent of Americans millennials have positive views of socialism, the breakthrough into mainstream politics by left-wing parties such as Syriza in Greece, the Scottish Nationalists in Britain, and Podem</p><div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-material"> <div class="field-label"><h2>You might also like...</h2></div> <div class="field-items" > <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/related-material/becoming-europe">Becoming Europe</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/10/27/why-left-keeps-winning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:04:28 +0000 John Couretas 6690 at http://www.acton.org The Frontier Spirit of ‘The Martian’ http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/10/22/frontier-spirit-martian%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/dylan-pahman">Dylan Pahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel to outer space in 1961, Nikita Khrushchev </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin#Vostok_1" style="line-height: 1.5; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">remarked</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, &ldquo;Gagarin flew into space, but didn&#39;t see any god there.&rdquo; The Soviets would not pass up an opportunity to deride religion, even though, reportedly, Gagarin himself was a Russian Orthodox Christian.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/10/22/frontier-spirit-martian%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:46:28 +0000 rober6thom 6688 at http://www.acton.org