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Religion & Liberty: Land of Milk and Honey

Andy Grove, Robert Noyce, and Gordon Moore

The first issue of Religion & Liberty in 2016 will explore several topics from a variety of faith traditions: entrepreneurship, the International Criminal Court, business philosophy, common grace and the 18th-century British abolition movement.

Late last year I had the privilege of interviewing Rev. Bruce Baker, a Silicon Valley veteran, entrepreneur, pastor and college professor. For this issue’s interview, he discusses the history of Silicon Valley, technocracy, how Christians can be “winsome” witnesses and more.

Charles Koch, while widely admired in many spheres, is completely disparaged in others. In a new review, Stephen Schmalhofer tackles Koch’s latest book, Good Profit. While Koch’s previous writings have been more nuts and bolts, this one focuses on the philosophy of business.

Whether you run a company that manufactures farming equipment or you’re a professor of philosophy, you’re dealing with common grace. Richard J. Mouw discusses the importance of common grace in all spheres of life.

The first chapter of Hebrews addressed the nature of Christ. The Double-Edged Sword says that “Christ holds the world together and everything in creation is put under his authority and dominion” as our prophet, priest and king.

The United States and the European Union: the ultimate international “frenemies.” In this excerpt from his new book, The New Totalitarian Temptation, Todd Huizinga discusses universal jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court, and how fundamentally different the U.S. is from the EU.

Acton’s executive director, Kris Mauren, explains the significance of the “One and Indivisible” conference series. Religious and economic freedom have a significant and complex relationship. Based on the Second Vatican Council’s Dignitatis Humanae is an important development that has strengthened the moral and legal case for worldwide religious freedom. It also provides the theological foundation for the conference series.

In the 18th century, one woman was profoundly influential in the abolition movement. Hannah More was a talented poet, playwright, moral writer and philanthropist. Her powerful 1788 poem, “Slavery,” drew attention to the horrors slaves faced, making her a voice for the British abolition movement.

In his column, Rev. Robert Sirico reflects on the past, present and future, commentating on how this very issue of Religion & Liberty reflects the diversity of vocations, beliefs and topics Acton addresses.