Money and Moral Absolutes

By Samuel Gregg 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 Deus enim et proficuum (“For God and Profit”) in the upper corners of [Read More…]

Finding Meaning and Beauty as a Fast Food Worker

By Joseph Sunde “This is not what I thought I’d be doing at twenty-seven.” So says Stephen Williams, who, while enjoying and appreciating much of his daily work at his local Chick-fil-A, continues to feel the various pressures of status, mobility, and vocational aspiration. “I love the company, and I am grateful for the environment [Read More…]

The Disabled Deserve the Dignity of Work

By Joe Carter Last week, Hillary Clinton became the first major presidential candidate to ever recommend paying all disabled workers the minimum wage. While it seems like a reasonable proposal, the effect would be to put workers with severe disabilities, such as those with Down syndrome, out of work. Clinton isn’t the only one pushing [Read More…]

When Generosity Transforms a Community

By Joseph Sunde Bishop Hannington longed to see an awakening toward generosity in his town of Bundibugyo, Uganda, where many viewed giving more as a matter of duty than heartfelt joy. Yet what at first seemed like a significant challenge soon grew even steeper. After fleeing their town for two years due to the chaos of civil [Read More…]

Economy of Wisdom: Four Questions of Christian Education

By Anthony Bradley One of the advantages of living in a free society is that parents have multiple options for how they can educate their children, including enrolling them in religious education. Christian education is unique in that teachers can integrate faith and learning in the classroom to unlock academic disciplines from mere materialistic or [Read More…]

How Growth Rates Lead to Flourishing

By Joe Carter Why do some countries grow richer faster than others? How can we explain wealth disparities between countries? The answer: Growth rates. Economist Alex Tabarrok explains how even small changes to growth rates can have a big effect on the economy of a country—and on the flourishing of its citizens. [Read more…]

Creating Value for the Glory of God

By Joseph Sunde The real estate crisis led to plenty of finger-pointing and blame-shifting, but for Phoenix real estate developer Walter Crutchfield, it led to self-examination and spiritual reflection. “The real estate crash brought me to a place of stepping back and evaluating,” Crutchfield says. “I could see where I lost sight of the individual [Read More…]

Why Capitalism Is Really About Love

In a recent lecture at the Acton Institute, Jeffrey Tucker, Chief Liberty Officer of, explains how capitalism is really about love. “This is the working out of a dream,” he says. “It’s the working out of love…that’s what entrepreneurs feel. It’s like crazy juice…It’s a source of progress and beauty in the world.” [Read more…]

3 Lessons on Social Institutions from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

By Jordan Ballor Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s letter to their daughter may indeed be substantively vacuous, but the move to place $45 billion into an explicitly socially-conscious LLC is illuminating on a number of levels. At least some of the critical reaction to the announcement hinges on a deep skepticism and even suspicion of [Read More…]

Living in the Mystery of Kingdom Stewardship

By Joseph Sunde When it comes to economic stewardship, Christians are called to a frame of mind distinct from the world around us. Though we, like anyone, will sow and bear fruit, ours is an approach driven less by ownership than by partnership, a collaboration with a source of provision before and beyond ourselves. This alters how we create, manage, and [Read More…]