Christian Democracy in America
On this edition of Radio Free Acton, we have a panel discussion on the prospects for a Christian Democratic political movement in the United States.
Richard Baxter and How to Do Good to Many
Richard Baxter, the English Puritan churchman and theologian, was perhaps one of most prolific English language author in the seventeenth century.His writings were wide ranging from doctrinal theology to devotional classics.And his practical theology was a model of German sociologist Max Weber’s understanding of the protestant work ethic.Baxter’s worldly aestheticism was focused on service to others across sectarian divides. His book,How to Do Good to Many: The Public Good is the Christian’s Life, offers practical guidance to lay people grounded in Christian faith.This classic, updated for modern readers by Jordan Ballor, remains a thought provoking and inspirational meditation on Paul’s admonition to, “…do good to all people…” (Gal. 6:10)Acton’s Dan Hugger talks with Jordan Ballor, senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute, about Baxter’s life and work, and the new updated edition ofHow to Do Good to Many.How to Do Good to Many: The Public Good Is the Christian’s LifeHow to do Good to Many (1682)Selections fromHow to Do Good to Many(Part 1,Part 2,Part 3)Maslow, material needs, and the gospelThe Redemption and Restoration of Man in the Thought of Richard BaxterThe Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismHow Groundhog Day changed my life
The intersection of faith and economics with Russ Roberts
Since 2006, economist Russ Roberts – the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution – has hosted the podcast EconTalk, a weekly deep conversation with economists and thinkers from other disciplines on ideas related both directly and indirectly to economics and the economic way of thinking.Economics is a powerful analytic tool which can empower us to choose more wisely as both individuals and groups. Such tools, however, should not be confused as either ends in themselves or the measure of human values.Religion is, like economics, embedded in the fabric of life itself. Its neglect, and the neglect of other humanistic values in the face of unprecedented prosperity, poses new challenges to animate our lives of affluence with purpose.Acton’s Dan Hugger talks with Russ Roberts about the intersection of faith and economics, and how Roberts’ own Jewish faith has influenced his life and work.On Ronald Coase: Human Sacrifice and the Digital Business ModelPaul Heyne's 'Limitations of the Economic Way of ThinkingRuss Roberts' videosEconTalk podcastGambling with Other People’s Money: How Perverse Incentives Caused the Financial CrisisDavid Foster Wallace 2005 Commencement Address at Kenyon College (transcript)David Foster Wallace 2005 Commencement Address at Kenyon College (audio)
Religious liberty at the Supreme Court
The latest term of the Supreme Court, which wrapped up on July 8th, saw the Court decide several cases with major implications for religious liberty. While the outcomes of Espinoza v. Montana, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania have been largely viewed as victories for advocates of expanding religious liberty in America, the court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch and holding that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, has been viewed as potentially having adverse consequences for the cause of religious liberty.What are we to make of these latest developments in the Supreme Court’s religious liberty jurisprudence?David French – Senior Editor at The Dispatch and a former constitutional litigator with Alliance Defending Freedom and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – joins us to discuss the current status of religious liberty, both in the courts and in the culture writ large.Espinoza v. Montana: A victory for school choice – but for how long? - Rev. Ben JohnsonLittle Sisters, big victories - Rev. Ben JohnsonThe Case for Religious Liberty Is More Compelling than the Case for Christian Power - David FrenchWhatever Happened to Baby Blaine? - David French & Sarah IsgurLittle Sisters 2: Vacated and Remanded - David French & Sarah IsgurThe Supreme Court Tries to Settle the Religious Liberty Culture War - David French