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Written on Feb, 15, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In his recent review of The Once and Future Liberal for The Gospel Coalition, [author and former Obama White House staffer, Michael] Wear (sort of) critiques identity politics, lamenting the fact that “identity politics empowers people to speak for others without their consent.” Yet in the same article he suggests, “We ought to see our fates as inextricably linked with …

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Written on Feb, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In a recent forum for Democrats running for Wisconsin governor, the current Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction Tony Evers offered this solution to providing health care for those in urban areas; mandatory physician residencies.

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Written on Feb, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Recently, I posted an essay on Acton’s Transatlantic Blog reflecting on the economic implications of the Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart’s recent translation of the New Testament. After reading my essay (David Bentley Hart’s Gospel of Cass Division), a friend of mine shared observation from his seminary New Testament professor that I think helps set the context for Jesus’ comments about wealth.

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Written on Oct, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A video of my PowerPoint presentation on consumerism and asceticism.

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Source: (WSJ) Senator Phil Gramm writes: When is the last time you heard a tax-reform advocate point out that today the top 10% of income earners in America pay a larger share of the overall tax burden than anywhere else in the developed world? The most recent study on the distribution of the tax burden among nations was conducted by …

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Written on Sep, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Another benefit of private property, not so clearly economic, is that it diffuses power. When one entity, such as the government, owns all property, individuals have little protection from the will of the government. The institution of private property gives many individuals a place to call their own, a place where they are safe from depredation by others and by …

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Written on Sep, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It’s not just that we can no longer depend on the modern secular State to support the Orthodox vision of marriage. Rather it is that we never could and never should have looked to Caesar to do for the Church what only the Church could do for herself.

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Written on Sep, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

In my latest essay for Acton Commentary, I offer some thoughts about climate change, the limits of scientific knowledge and the importance of Christian witness to the environmental movement. Here’s how I begin: On September 1, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint message for the “World Day of Prayer for Creation.” Their statement rightfully reminds us that we …

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Written on Aug, 31, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We seem to be creating the cultural version of the Missouri Compromise line. No one, and no group, wishes to think of itself as the bad guy in perpetuity. Given that reality, if identity politics becomes the heart of American politics, it is only a matter of time until “whites” begin to see themselves as a group deserving special protection. …

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Written on Aug, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A good defense of free speech from UC Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ: Nonetheless, defending the right of free speech for those whose ideas we find offensive is not easy. It often conflicts with the values we hold as a community — tolerance, inclusion, reason and diversity. Some constitutionally-protected speech attacks the very identity of particular groups of individuals in ways …

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