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Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; PhD, 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

  • Your work is more than your job

    This week marked Labor Day in the United States, a holiday designed to celebrate the formative role of labor, and particularly labor unions, in the development of the American landscape. It
  • The D-Day price and the Prince of Peace

    The Hague, Netherlands—I’m writing from the capital of the Netherlands on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I am here to attend a conference at the Peace Palace, a complex built by Andrew
  • God’s reclamation project

    The basic elements of the gospel message are familiar territory for most Christians. God created things good. Human beings fell into corruption and the rest of the world along with us. God’s

Latest PowerBlog Posts by Jordan J. Ballor, PhD

  • Star Wars and self-interest

    Recent installments in the Star Wars universe directly raise the theme of self-interest, and specifically the formation or deformation of the self. These instances help us ask the important question, “Who puts the ‘self’ in self-interest?” Continue Reading... No related…
  • Slavery, Shmi Skywalker, and Star Wars

    As the final installment of the final trilogy of the Star Wars saga opens today, it’s worth thinking about where this blockbuster franchise and cultural phenomenon started. And by that I mean where the story of Anakin Skywalker started in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I got to revisit some…
  • An encyclical on China and the US?

    Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent speech on capitalism and the common good, taking its point of departure in Rerum Novarum, has gotten a good bit of coverage. Yesterday he delivered remarks at the National Defense University and opened with these words: This morning I am honored to speak here at the…
  • The uneasy conscience of fair trade fundamentalism

    In The Christian Century, Rev. David Mesenbring provides an accounting of his experiences with fair trade. Mesenbring, who was an early advocate and adopter of fair trade practices and policies, thinks there’s good reason to doubt the efficacy of the movement as currently stands. Continue…
  • Stranger Things on America: ‘It’s not rigged!’

    My colleague Dylan Pahman posted a worthwhile reflection on the contrast between communism and free markets in the Cold War-era setting of Stranger Things. I had his analysis in mind while watching the conclusion of the show’s third season, and in ep. Continue Reading... Related posts:…

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