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Acton Research is the research arm of the Acton Institute

Our Purpose

Acton Research accommodates in-house and externally-based scholars from a variety of nationalities, Christian confessions, and intellectual disciplines. These disciplines include theology, philosophy, history, economics, and law. The investigations of these scholars attempt to clarify the foundations of a free, humane, and virtuous society. Their work is guided by an uncompromising commitment to human dignity, economic liberty, the recognition of the benefits of a limited government, the pursuit of truth, and the compatibility of faith and reason.

Acton Research provides the Acton Institute with the intellectual tools (including books, monographs, articles, and op-ed pieces as well as a refereed academic journal, the Journal of Markets & Morality) it needs to promote its distinct vision of the free and virtuous society, and the benefits of individual liberty guided by religious principles. Primary reference sources for Acton Research include Christian social ethics, the natural law tradition, and various schools of thought that explore and uphold the benefits of economic liberty. Acton Research has sought to expand knowledge of the economic thought of sixteenth and seventeenth century Roman Catholic and Protestant scholastic theologians. It has also drawn attention to the insights of Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the wisdom of the Jewish Tradition.

Acton Research also oversees the Acton Institute's various scholarship programs, organizes occasional conferences, and seeks to cultivate young scholars interested in the same constellation of ideas as the Acton Institute. Acton's scholars also liaise extensively with university professors and instructors around the world who share the same intellectual interests. Scholars associated with Acton lecture regularly on a variety of themes at Acton Institute events, both in America and around the world. They are available to speak on appropriate themes to academic and non-academic audiences, and may be contacted at the Acton Institute.

Research Staff

New Books from Acton Research

  • Becoming Europe

    Americans see, across the Atlantic, European economies faltering under enormous debt; overburdened welfare states; governments controlling close to fifty percent of the economy; high taxation; heavily regulated labor markets; aging populations; and large numbers of public-sector workers.

  • Love and Economics

    Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village, Newly released in paperback.

Journal of Markets & Morality

Journal of Markets & Morality is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. The journal promotes intellectual exploration of the relationship between economics and morality from both social science and theological perspectives.

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Christian's Library Press

Founded in 1979 by Gerard Berghoef and Lester DeKoster, Christian’s Library Press has been committed to publishing influential texts on church leadership, the vocation of work, and stewardship for more than 30 years. During that time Berghoef and DeKoster wrote significant works including The Deacons HandbookThe Elders Handbook, and God’s Yardstick, which still are in demand today. After the death of Lester DeKoster in 2009, the imprint is now administered by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty.

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Acton Institute Research Library

Schedule a Visit

The Acton Institute Research Library is located within Acton’s headquarters in Grand Rapids. The Library is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 - 4:30, excluding holidays.

While walk-ins are welcome, we ask that whenever possible visitors schedule an appointment in advance so that we may ensure that our librarian, Dan Hugger, or another staff member will be on hand to help guide their visit.

To schedule a visit please contact our librarian, Dan Hugger, by email at front.desk@acton.org or phone at (616) 454-3080.

The Acton Research Library is located at Acton’s headquarters in Grand Rapids.