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Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. 

Latest Articles by Jordan J. Ballor, PhD

  • Maslow, material needs, and the gospel

    Earlier this year, Susan Mettes of Christianity Today critiqued the use of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a ministry tool . The central idea of the hierarchy, as Mettes puts it, is “that
  • Marginalization and solidarity in 'Black Panther'

    The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become a global phenomenon. Black Panther , featuring the mythical African nation of Wakanda and its new king, T’Challa, has
  • The further reformation of all of life

    One of the famous formulas to come out of the Reformation era is that of semper reformanda , which means “always reforming.” This is a particularly appropriate topic for this observance of

Latest PowerBlog Posts by Jordan J. Ballor, PhD

  • The price of being middle class

    I was glad to be able to engage P. J. O’Rourke in a wide-ranging discussion for the Acton podcast this week. In this episode of Acton Line, P. J. and I talk about “mutant” capitalism, cryptocurrency (neither of us really understand it), the state of the middle class, the Trump…
  • A rule of thumb for the Green New Deal

    I have a couple rules of thumb that I hope help me cut through some of the noise around various policy proposals and political debates. One has to do with budgetary reform (a topic I covered at some length last week): If the plan doesn’t engage with entitlements, then it isn’t really a…
  • Further thoughts on debt and growth

    There’s been some chatter about the partisanship of concerns about the federal debt recently. Debt is fine if the party you prefer is in control, but otherwise is bad it seems. Continue Reading... Related posts: Evaluating Our Values: A Christian Response to the Debt Crisis National debt is…
  • The Christian life and the common good

    In this week’s Acton Commentary I show that the idea that “physical needs must be met before people experience spiritual needs” is older than Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs. The key to understanding how this might be lies in a distinction between the order of time and…
  • Event: A Kuyperian Response to the Crisis in the Public Square

    Every lightning-fast news cycle highlights the turmoil and tension of our current age. Cultures are clashing both in Europe and in the United States as refugees from the Middle East and Central America seek asylum. Continue Reading... Related posts: The Public Square: “Civic friendship…

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