Rev. Ben Johnson

Rev. Ben Johnson

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Rev. Ben Johnson is senior editor at the Acton Institute, where he edits Religion & Liberty Transatlantic. In addition to being an experienced journalist, editor, and radio commentator, he is also an Eastern Orthodox priest.

Recent blog posts by this author

Bernie Sanders: ‘Thank God’ for Capitalism

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rarely expresses thanks to the divine, much less for the system of global capitalism. When the democratic socialist combines both sentiments, as he did this weekend, it is worth reporting. Sanders’ statement takes on...

Fact-Checking the Fourth Democratic Debate

The largest number of candidates to date filled the stage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, for the fourth Democratic presidential debate last night. They offered a number of statements and assessments that bear further scrutiny. 1....

Joe Biden: Youth Idol?

Today at Spectator USA I write about Joe Biden’s forgotten status as a fount of youthful genius in “Joe Biden: victim of the cult of youth.” Biden won his first Senate election at the 29, the same age as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and...

Government Funds Bring Corruption to Mayberry

Front Royal, Virginia, is just 70 miles from Washington, D.C., by road but a million miles away by culture. One resident described the town, which bills itself as “the northern gateway way to the Shenandoah Valley,” as “sort of like Mayberry.” This...

Ten Facts About Homelessness in America

The homeless represent the most vulnerable portion of Americans living in poverty. The latest U.S. government report on homelessness shows that a culture of secularism and statism is depriving Americans of church philanthropy, curbing the...

China Replaces 10 Commandments With Socialist Propaganda

Congregations in China’s officially recognized Protestant church have been forced to replace God’s commandments to Moses with a quotation about the triumph of socialism, according to a religious liberty watchdog. The action literally substitutes...

U.N. Climate Chief: Stop Worrying and Have Children

Climate change may well be a problem, but the chief of the United Nations’ agency on climate says it won’t destroy the world – and shouldn’t stop young people from having children. Alarmist rhetoric from “doomsters and extremists” that babies will...

Karl Marx: Intellectual Father of the 1619 Project?

The New York Times’ 1619 Project seeks to establish the moment the first slave ship landed in Virginia as "a new point of origin for our national story," because "nearly everything that has made America exceptional...

Is Pete Buttigieg Right That Opposing a $15 Minimum Wage ‘Taunts’ God?

Are those who oppose raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour transgressing the Scripture and mocking the Lord God Almighty? One might get that impression from watching Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, when one of the participants...

Who Is Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson, a champion of free trade and lower taxes, will serve as the next prime minister of the UK beginning on Wednesday, July 24. Officials announced on Tuesday that Johnson won 66.4 percent of the Conservative Party’s popular vote, ...

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