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A Rational Look at Christianity; Basing Reason in Truth

After my last post on Natural Law Thinkers in the 16th and 17th Century, I decided to add the entire Acton Institute audio pages to the CADRE Apologetics Audio page. Here is what was added:

Acton Institute -- A selection of recent radio broadcasts from the Acton Institute which organizes seminars aimed at educating religious leaders of all denominations, business executives, entrepreneurs, university professors, and academic researchers in economics principles, and in the connection that can exist between virtue and economic thinking. The Acton Institute also maintains an audio lecture page largely related to lectures on Christianity and economics.

Some of the titles available as of today's date include:

"Evangelical Response to Global Warming"
by Jay W. Richards
Mornings with Scott & Larri, (2006-09-27)

"On Pope Benedict XIV's 'Provocation' of Islam"
by Robert A. Sirico
Keeping Current with Kur, (2006-09-18)

"Interview on Euthanasia"
by Samuel J. Gregg
Morning Air, (2006-07-27)

"The Da Vinci Code Debate"
by Robert A. Sirico
The Laura Ingraham Show, (2006-05-08)

The Acton Institute also maintains several articles both on its blog and elsewhere which can be found here. Some of the titles available as of today's date include:

"Defending the Weak and the Idol of Equality"

People unfamiliar with Catholic social teaching may be surprised to learn that the church has consistently condemned socialism. The Catholic Church has never embraced 'equality' the way socialism has. The church is not indifferent to the poor. Rather, the church proposes an alternative principle for helping them. Instead of 'make everyone equal' as a guiding premise, the church proposes 'defend the weak' as the appropriate posture toward the poor. These approaches have different factual foundations and distinct policy implications, especially with regard to society's most basic institution, the family.

"The Idolatry of Political Christianity"

On this eve of the mid-term elections in the United States, it's worthwhile to reflect a bit on the impetus in North American evangelical Christianity to emphasize the importance of politics. Indeed, it is apparent that the term "evangelical" is quickly coming to have primarily political significance, rather than theological or ecclesiastical, such that Time magazine could include two Roman Catholics (Richard John Neuhaus and Rick Santorum) among its list of the 25 most influential "evangelicals" in America.

"What is Truth!"

Hugh Hewitt interviewed Andrew Sullivan on the radio last week about Sullivan's book, The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back. Discussing the value of various figures throughout history as moral heroes, Sullivan speaks of "the great question that Pilate asked, what is truth? The truth is not quite as easy and as simple as we sometimes think it is. And the truth about everything, the meaning of the whole universe, is something that is, by definition, very hard for humans to grasp. I mean, God, if God exists, must, by definition, be unknowable to us."

"Wealth, Envy, and Happiness"

One of the most common substitutes for God is money, which is in part why Jesus warns us against this specific temptation. The prophet Ezekiel describes the voracious appetite of the wicked foe: "He is as greedy as the grave / and like death is never satisfied." But greed is not a vice simply of our foes or enemies; we are all tempted by this natively human sin.

"Changing Culture, Not Politics, Changes Human Behavior"

Welfare reform is not a partisan issue. In the end there is clearly a moral component in such reform. Ten years is enough time to demonstrate that the reform has worked but there is still much to be done, both to continue the gains of the reform and, more importantly, to raise the ability of our society to care for its weakest members in ways that promote both personal responsibility and communities of compassion.

"Natural Law and the Fiduciary Duties of Business Managers"

Recent business scandals have focused attention on failures of corporate governance involving serious breaches of traditional legal and ethical standards on the part of those who manage corporate affairs. This article argues that the legal standards applicable to managerial behavior are traceable to deeply rooted moral standards that are the basis of the 'fiduciary principle'; that the fiduciary principle is a principle of natural law that has been incorporated into the Anglo-American legal tradition; and that this principle underlies the duties of good faith, loyalty, and care that apply to corporate directors and officers. The fiduciary duties of corporate managers run to shareholders and not to creditors, employees, and other 'stakeholders.' This article further argues that corporate directors cannot eliminate their fiduciary obligation by contract. Enforcement by the courts of longstanding fiduciary standards of conduct is a better solution to problems of corporate governance than increased government regulation.

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