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

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Right About the New Amazon Headquarters?

After much anticipation, Amazon announced yesterday that it will open its new headquarters, HQ2, in two locations: Queens, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia. It will also open a third “Operations Center of Excellence” in Nashville....

New PBS Documentary Shows How Sweden's Socialist Success Story Falls Short

Americans tend to see Sweden as a democratic socialist utopia, although the nation changed course decisively two decades ago. A White House report, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism,” debunked the notion of enduring Nordic socialism, and now PBS...

Democratic Socialists of America Leader: ‘If Anyone Was Ever a Socialist It Was Jesus’

Last week, Kelley Rose told the national media why she helped found a chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America: Jesus made her do it. Fittingly, she told her story at taxpayer expense. Her comments came as part of a glowing profile of the...

Individualistic Nations Provide the Most Charity for Strangers, Survey Shows

Christian life relies on faith, not on sight. But it is a serendipity when social science bears out its teachings about spiritual and religious freedom – and it is particularly delicious when those findings are featured on NPR. “The world’s...

The 10 Most Economically Free Nations in the World

The Fraser Institute released its annual “Economic Freedom of the World” report this morning. The free market think tank rates every nation based on its “degree of freedom in five broad areas”: Area 1:Size of Government—As spending and...

Why Christians Must Get Poverty and Inequality Right

Over the last two decades, global poverty has plummeted and the world’s poorest people have steadily climbed out of the shadow of death. Yet many Christians cannot distinguish between dire poverty and income inequality, falsely believe both are...

If You’re Going to Confront Fascists, Do it Jeffrey Tucker-Style (Video)

If nothing else, the last week has taught the West how not to respond to white nationalism. The “Unite the Right” conference in Charlottesville touched off rounds of violence that culminated with a white supremacist, 20-year-old James Fields Jr...

Classical High School Students Say This Attribute Defines the West

Josh Herring teaches history at a secular, classical academy – but as with all teachers, sometimes he learns valuable lessons from his students. As high school students at the Thales Academy progress from studying ancient cultures to...

Christian Persecution: What Can Be Done?

Images of persecuted Christians have not inflicted less emotional pain for the fact that they have become altogether too commonplace. Their fellow believers, and benevolent people of all backgrounds, have asked what they can do...

Why did medieval monks preserve pagan literature?

Many educated people – though perhaps not enough – know that it was medieval monks who preserved classical culture. Between their daily offices, the monks huddled in their cells by candlelight to copy the great cultural artifacts of Western...

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