The Common Good

Role of Government

Poverty: Should The Government Be Responsible For Caring For The Poor?

Date: August 29, 2012
There is hardly a more controversial political battle in America today than that around the role of government. The ideological sides have lined up, and the arguments rage about the size of government: how big, how small should it be? Some famously have said government should be shrunk so small that it "could be drowned in a bathtub."

A Response to the American Enterprise Institute's Ad in Politico

Today, "Values and Capitalism," a project of the American Enterprise Institute, sponsored a full-page ad in Politico (see page 13) in response to the Circle of Protection. While it is encouraging to see another full-page ad urging our nation's legislators to be concerned about the poor, it is unfortunate that the critique of the Circle of Protection and Sojourners work is based on an error.

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Christians and the Common Good

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government?
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African-American Clergy on Budget Cuts

On April 4th, the global community commemorated the life and legacy of Dr.
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President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C.
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Abuses of Faith in this Election Season

You have to wonder -- when political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent -- what else could that money have gone to?
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Beck, Nazis, and Civil Dialogue

Glenn Beck can do better. Fox News can do better. When it comes to upholding truth and having civil dialogues, let's be honest, we all can do better.
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The Failure to Repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Should Concern All of Us

"After more than 50 years in the military and politics, I am still amazed to see how upset people can get over nothing.
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How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one.
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The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism

Today, April 19, is the 15th anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th
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