Acton Commentary http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2008/03/05 Acton Commentary is published weekly by the Acton Institute. en Economic Tyranny Trumps Religious Liberty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/11/19/economic-tyranny-trumps-religious-liberty <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/michael-novak">Michael Novak</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In Poland and elsewhere, religious communities had inspired and led the nations for hundreds of years. In such places, people were not imprisoned solely in their own individual power, which was little. Sometimes they acted through institutions and associations of their own choosing. Solidarity in Poland, for example, or People Against Violence in Slovakia.</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/economic-thinking-theologically-minded">Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/11/19/economic-tyranny-trumps-religious-liberty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:32:17 +0000 Acton Web 6465 at http://www.acton.org Toil as Curse and Grace http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/11/12/toil-curse-grace <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>According to ancient legend, Sisyphus was punished by the gods for his craftiness in life.</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/work-meaning-your-life-christian-perspective">Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/11/12/toil-curse-grace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:13:18 +0000 Acton Web 6459 at http://www.acton.org Envy in a Time of Inequality http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/11/05/envy-time-inequality <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>Envy, I&rsquo;ve often thought, is the very worst human emotion. The epic Biblical narrative of Cain&rsquo;s slaying of Abel reminds us that people have been jealous of others&rsquo; successes and well-being from time immemorial. When mixed, however, with the near-obsession with inequality that dominates much public discourse these days, there&rsquo;s a serious risk that envy &mdash; and desires to appease it &mdash; can start driving public policy in ways that aren&rsquo;t economically wise or politically healthy.</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/tea-party-catholic">Tea Party Catholic</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/11/05/envy-time-inequality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:29:41 +0000 Acton Web 6454 at http://www.acton.org The Soul of the System http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/29/soul-system <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>In his review of Hunter Baker&rsquo;s latest book, <a href="http://www.clpress.com/publications/system-has-soul"><em>The System Has a Soul</em></a>, Doug Wilson <a href="http://dougwils.com/s7-engaging-the-culture/book-of-the-monthoctober-2014.html">picks up on the allusion in the title</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/system-has-soul-essays-christianity-liberty-politi">The System Has a Soul: Essays on Christianity, Liberty, and Political Life</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/29/soul-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:01:15 +0000 Acton Web 6450 at http://www.acton.org Let’s Get Back to Robbing Peter: The Welfare State and Demographic Decline http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/22/let%E2%80%99s-get-back-robbing-peter-welfare-state-demogra <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>The German economist Wilhelm R&ouml;pke, commenting on the expansion of European welfare states in 1958, <a href="http://mises.org/books/tide.pdf" onclick="ga('send', 'event', 'download', 'http://mises.org/books/tide.pdf');" target="_blank">wrote</a>, &ldquo;To let someone else foot the bill is, in fact, the general characteristic of the welfare state and, on closer inspection, its very essence.&rdquo; While he did not argue that, therefore, such state assistance should in all cases be stopped, he put the question in sober terms: &ldquo;[T]he welfare state is an evil the same as each and ev</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/2014/10/22/let%E2%80%99s-get-back-robbing-peter-welfare-state-demogra" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Acton Web 6445 at http://www.acton.org Welfare, Work, and Human Dignity http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/15/welfare-work-human-dignity <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>A website called <a href="http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/videos/100-stories/">Over Fifty and Out of Work</a> offers Baby-Boomers who have lost their jobs an opportunity to share their stories. Many talk of age discrimination in hiring practices as they look for new work, but all speak of the trial of wanting to work but being unable to find it. The stories reveal that work is a significant factor in one&rsquo;s self-worth and, I would add, a duty of human dignity.</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/2014/10/15/welfare-work-human-dignity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:12:20 +0000 Acton Web 6433 at http://www.acton.org Something Is Rotten in the State of Europe http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/08/something-rotten-state-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>William Shakespeare knew a thing or two about human psychology. But he also understood a great deal about the body-politic and how small signs can be indicative of deeper traumas. So when Marcellus tells Horatio at the beginning of <em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Hamlet</em> that you can almost smell the weakness permeating Denmark, it&rsquo;s Shakespeare&rsquo;s way of telling us to pay attention to what sticks out as abnormal and to ask what else it may portend.</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/2014/10/08/something-rotten-state-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:57:26 +0000 Acton Web 6428 at http://www.acton.org The Image of God and You http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/01/image-god-you <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>Conversations about human dignity often, and rightly, refer to the biblical concept of the image of God. In the creation account in Genesis 1:27 we read that &ldquo;God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.&rdquo; The third person pronouns are fitting here because the text is providing a narrative depiction of a past event. Those human beings back then were created by God.</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/finger_of_god.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 250px;" /></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/christian-family">The Christian Family</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/10/01/image-god-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:39:19 +0000 Acton Web 6420 at http://www.acton.org Kirk and State: What Next for Scotland? http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/09/23/kirk-state-what-next-scotland <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ewan-watt">Ewan Watt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before he was arrested and ultimately burnt at the stake, the great Presbyterian martyr George Wishart dissuaded his young disciple John Knox from following him to martyrdom with the famous words, &ldquo;Nay, return to your&nbsp;bairns and God bless you. One is sufficient for a sacrifice.&rdquo;</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/2014/09/23/kirk-state-what-next-scotland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:24 +0000 Acton Web 6417 at http://www.acton.org Our Sentimental Humanitarian Age http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/09/17/our-sentimental-humanitarian-age <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>I always thought it would be difficult to imagine a period in which the West would be more adrift than the 1970s. Being a child at the time, I was spared consciousness of most of that miserable decade. Thus far, however, the second decade of the 2000s seems likely to give the 10 years that spawned Watergate, stagflation, the Carter presidency, the Oil Crisis, Idi Amin, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Jim Jones, Pol Pot, the Red Brigades, and the Iranian Revolution (to name just a few of the star attractions) a serious run for its money as a byword for Western decline.</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/2014/09/17/our-sentimental-humanitarian-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:02 +0000 Acton Web 6411 at http://www.acton.org Economics, the Environment and the Orthodox Church’s Eucharistic Vision http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/09/10/economics-environment-orthodox-church%E2%80%99s-eucharisti <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>As he has done in the past, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his <a href="http://www.patriarchate.org/documents/patriarchal-encyclical-new-year-2014">encyclical</a> for the beginning of the Orthodox Christian ecclesiastical year (September 1) meditates on &ldquo;the ongoing and daily destruction of the natural environment.&rdquo; Environmental damage is the poisoned fruit of &ldquo;human greed&rdquo; and the pursuit of &ldquo;vain profit,&rdquo; the patriarch writes.</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/creation-heart-man">Creation and the Heart of Man</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/09/10/economics-environment-orthodox-church%E2%80%99s-eucharisti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:40:24 +0000 Acton Web 6404 at http://www.acton.org Defining Social Justice http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/09/03/defining-social-justice <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>The term social justice, for many Christians today, has come to be synonymous with correcting economic inequalities (usually through the apparatus of the state) out of solidarity with the poor. As inspiration, no doubt many, <a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-23-number-4/perils-political-ideology">such as the biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann</a>, would cite the Old Testament prophets&rsquo; many denunciations of exploitation in ancient Israel and Judah.</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/economics-christian-perspective">Economics in Christian Perspective</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/09/03/defining-social-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:25:51 +0000 Acton Web 6393 at http://www.acton.org The Church’s Call to Steward God’s Mission in the World http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/27/church%E2%80%99s-call-steward-god%E2%80%99s-mission-world <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/stephen-j-grabill">Stephen J. Grabill</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although Christians across denominational lines often use stewardship language to describe our calling to live out God&rsquo;s mission in the world, what we mean theologically by &ldquo;stewardship&rdquo; varies greatly across religious traditions. Some think stewardship is tithing; others think it means volunteering or living a simple lifestyle. Still others identify stewardship with environmental conservation, social action of some kind or another, charitable giving, or making disciples through evangelism.</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/2014/08/27/church%E2%80%99s-call-steward-god%E2%80%99s-mission-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:27:35 +0000 Acton Web 6389 at http://www.acton.org The Holy War on Corporate Politicking http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/20/holy-war-corporate-politicking <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/rev-robert-sirico">Rev. Robert A. Sirico</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The religious left&#39;s long-running campaign to silence those with different views has moved aggressively into corporate boardrooms. CEOs and directors of public companies are being hectored by social justice activists to abandon lobbying and other political activities.</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/defending-free-market">Defending the Free Market</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/20/holy-war-corporate-politicking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:45:09 +0000 Acton Web 6385 at http://www.acton.org Immigration: A Principled Catholic Approach Avoids Emotionalism http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/13/immigration-principled-catholic-approach-avoids-em <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>For weeks now, Americans&rsquo; eyes have been fixated upon the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, as some of the least among us seek to enter the United States without permission from what is, after all, a sovereign nation.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve also witnessed outpourings of raw fury as Americans, including many Catholics, vent their frustration with the federal government and Congress, due to the economic and political dysfunctionality bred by the failure of our immigration laws.</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/tea-party-catholic">Tea Party Catholic</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/13/immigration-principled-catholic-approach-avoids-em" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:06:12 +0000 Acton Web 6382 at http://www.acton.org Heretics and Heresies, New and Old http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/06/heretics-heresies-new-old <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/hunter-baker">Hunter Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may not have realized it, but Tony Dungy is a heretic.&nbsp; Does the former football player, coach and now TV analyst hold beliefs that are considered heretical by his fellow Christians?&nbsp; No.&nbsp; But his recent doubts about Michael Sam as an NFL player (you&rsquo;ll recall Sam as the All American college athlete who has publicly announced that he&rsquo;s gay), caused Dungy to be viewed as a heretic by members of another sect that is gaining adherents at a rapid pace.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/08/06/heretics-heresies-new-old" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:27:05 +0000 Acton Web 6380 at http://www.acton.org Christianity, Socialism, and Wealth Creation http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/30/christianity-socialism-wealth-creation <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/brian-griffiths">Brian Griffiths</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Through much of the post-war period in the West, the formation of economic policy was dominated by Keynesian activism on the part of governments seeking an increasing role in providing public services, reducing material poverty, and reshaping income redistribution.</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/globalization-poverty-international-development">Globalization, Poverty, and International Development</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/30/christianity-socialism-wealth-creation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:56:46 +0000 Acton Web 6375 at http://www.acton.org The Economics of Liberation Theology http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/23/economics-liberation-theology <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/carroll-r%C3%ADos-de-rodr%C3%ADguez">Carroll Ríos De Rodríguez</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>None of the prominent liberation theologians influential in Latin America had significant training in or exposure to the discipline of economics. This was odd given that their concern for the material well-being demanded at least some attempt to provide an economic explanation of underdevelopment and mass poverty.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/23/economics-liberation-theology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:17 +0000 Acton Web 6371 at http://www.acton.org Project Pedro Pan and Today’s Manufactured Border Crisis http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/16/project-pedro-pan-today%E2%80%99s-manufactured-border-cris <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is inexcusable to use children for anything, especially political pawns. Yet the Obama administration seems to have no problem doing so in the current border crisis.</p> <p>Before we examine the current immigration issue and President Obama&rsquo;s ill-conceived immigration policy, let&rsquo;s go back to 1960, another crisis and another group of children.</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/2014/07/16/project-pedro-pan-today%E2%80%99s-manufactured-border-cris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:04:39 +0000 Acton Web 6356 at http://www.acton.org Student Debt and the Value of an Education http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/09/student-debt-value-education <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/laura-prejean">Laura Prejean</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the face of rising tuition costs, which have <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=76">more than doubled</a> since 1982, more and more students are attending colleges, with Millennials being considered <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/">&quot;the best-educated generation in history.&quot;</a> Despite the mounting cost and swelling debt, America&rsquo;s demand for education, particularly higher education, has not decreased, defying typical market expectations.</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/catholic-education-west-roots-reality-revival">Catholic Education in the West: Roots, Reality, and Revival</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/09/student-debt-value-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:51:04 +0000 Acton Web 6354 at http://www.acton.org The Rapid Politicization of Religious Liberty and Natural Rights http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/07/02/rapid-politicization-religious-liberty-natural-rig <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/ray-nothstine">Ray Nothstine</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Political hysteria has reached a crescendo over a very defined and limited ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby with this week&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf">5-4 Supreme Court decision.</a> As many commentators have noted, including <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381593/hobby-lobby-hysteria-editors">the editors</a> at <em>National Review</em>, &ldquo;That this increase in freedom makes some people so very upset tells us more about them than about the Court&rsquo;s ruling.&rdquo;</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/2014/07/02/rapid-politicization-religious-liberty-natural-rig" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:52:38 +0000 Acton Web 6349 at http://www.acton.org World War I and the Break with History http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/25/world-war-i-break-history <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/bruce-edward-walker">Bruce Edward Walker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This weekend marks the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria">formal start</a> to events marking the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of World War I, which <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties">took the lives</a> of an estimated10 million military personnel and seven million civilians, and wounded another 20 million. More than 117,000 U.S.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/25/world-war-i-break-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:58:22 +0000 Acton Web 6348 at http://www.acton.org Issues of Justice http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/18/issues-justice <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/people/john-teevan">John A. Teevan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What would it take to make a society fully just rather than merely settling for moving society toward justice? Three options come to mind. First, a just society would be one in which every injustice was either prevented or punished. Prevention of injustice would require laws and civil leadership that we would regard as excessively strong. Punishment would seem to require an eye-for-an eye approach (or at least a cash-for-an-eye or time-in-prison-for-an-eye approach), as well as the state bearing a &ldquo;terrible swift sword,&rdquo; possibly with a tendency to act like Big brother.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/18/issues-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:36:07 +0000 Acton Web 6346 at http://www.acton.org Sixpence Economics http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/11/sixpence-economics <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> <div class="caption alignright"><img alt="" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/British_sixpence_1962_obverse.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px;" /></div> <p>At the conclusion of the first of his two chapters exploring the theological virtue of faith in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926?tag=acton04-20"><em>Mere Christianity</em></a>, C.S. Lewis provides a brief illustration that helps set the stage quite well for a discussion of the relationship between theology and economics, a relationship that currently stands in need of serious repair.</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/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/11/sixpence-economics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:18:35 +0000 Acton Web 6344 at http://www.acton.org Big Government at the Bilderberg Summit http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/04/big-government-bilderberg-summit <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/jonathan-witt">Jonathan Witt</a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="Kraken" src="/sites/v4.acton.org/files/pub/kreken.jpg" style="width: 624px; height: 259px;" /></p> <p>This spring marks the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Bilderberg Group summit, a gathering of major power brokers so apparently selective it makes the World Economic Forum&rsquo;s annual Davos gathering in Switzerland look like a blue light stampede at K-Mart.</p><p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/06/04/big-government-bilderberg-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:54:43 +0000 admin 6341 at http://www.acton.org On Wages, McDonald’s Gets It Right http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/wages-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-gets-it-right <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/anthony-b-bradley">Anthony B. Bradley</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today&rsquo;s culture of entitlement people believe that they deserve certain rewards simply because they exist -- not because of hard work, perseverance and wise choices. Entitlement is the only way to explain the lunacy behind recent demands that fast food chains like McDonald&rsquo;s arbitrarily pay workers $15 per hour. Unlike many politicians, business leaders do not make decisions according to public opinion because they have fiduciary responsibilities to their boards and shareholders. As a result, McDonald&rsquo;s Corp.</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/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/wages-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-gets-it-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:24:20 +0000 admin 6337 at http://www.acton.org Giving the Just Wage Its Due http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/giving-just-wage-its-due <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>In <a href="http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Religious-sign-on_MinWage_National.pdf">a recent letter to Congress</a>, 33 faith leaders in conjunction with Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and Faith in Public Life (FPL) expressed their support for raising the federal minimum wage in the United States.</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/our-great-exchange-curriculum">Our Great Exchange Curriculum</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/28/giving-just-wage-its-due" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:23:01 +0000 admin 6336 at http://www.acton.org Potential Life Lost: America’s Demographic Poverty http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/potential-life-lost-america%E2%80%99s-demographic-poverty <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> by <a href="/about/staff/elise-hilton">Elise Hilton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new study focusing on the demographic effects of abortion in the United States brings to light what one scientist calls truly astounding findings. Without downplaying the <a href="http://www.thesocialagenda.org/en/article-three-family#.U3oluijDVYV">sanctity of life issue</a>, this study should alarm anyone concerned about our nation&rsquo;s cultural and economic dynamism.</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/2014/05/21/potential-life-lost-america%E2%80%99s-demographic-poverty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:24:03 +0000 admin 6332 at http://www.acton.org Pebble Mine: Moral Witness Requires Clear Thinking on Environmental Science http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/pebble-mine-moral-witness-requires-clear-thinking <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>The Alaska Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America, at its 2009 annual meeting, passed a unanimous <a href="http://oca.org/news/archived/alaskan-diocesan-assembly-passes-resolution-on-the-environment">resolution</a> calling on state and federal agencies to deny permits to any &rdquo;commercial or economic project&rdquo;&rsquo; that threatens to damage or pollute the natural environment.</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/creation-heart-man">Creation and the Heart of Man</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/21/pebble-mine-moral-witness-requires-clear-thinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:21:47 +0000 admin 6331 at http://www.acton.org Religious Freedom and Economic Liberty: Truly Indivisible http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2014/05/14/religious-freedom-economic-liberty-truly-indivisib <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>Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on <em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores</em>, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed.</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/2014/05/14/religious-freedom-economic-liberty-truly-indivisib" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:34:59 +0000 admin 6327 at http://www.acton.org