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Rev. Ben Johnson is a managing editor at the Acton Institute. He is executive editor of the Acton Institute’s flagship journal, Religion & Liberty. Much of his online work focuses on the principles necessary to create a free and virtuous society in the transatlantic sphere (the U.S., Canada, and Europe).

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History summa cum laude from Ohio University and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  Rev. Johnson was a panelist at the 2016 CPAC.

His writings have appeared in The (UK) Guardian, The Stream, Real Clear Policy, National Catholic Register,, Real Clear Religion, Conservative Review, The Daily Caller, and Human Events, and have been cited by National Review, CBS News, Fox News, and the Rush Limbaugh Show.

He was managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and U.S. Bureau Chief at LifeSiteNews. He is the author of two books on tax-exempt foundations, as well as Party of Defeat (2008, Spence, with David Horowitz).  

Before turning to online journalism and editing, he spent more than a decade in all facets of radio broadcasting, including news and talk. He is a frequent guest on secular and Christian talk radio and television. 

He also serves a parish in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Latest Articles by Rev. Ben Johnson

  • FAQ: The U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ trade agreement

    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He signed “Phase One” of a two-part trade agreement between the United States and China. Here are the facts you need to know
  • 10 quotes: Sir Roger Scruton

    Sir Roger Scruton, whom Acton Institute co-founder Rev. Robert Sirico once described as “perhaps the world’s leading conservative philosopher,” passed away from cancer Sunday at the age of
  • The 'great adventure' of Sir Roger Scruton, RIP

    “Real grief,” wrote Sir Roger Scruton in Culture Counts, “focuses on the object, the person lost and mourned for, while sentimental grief focuses on the subject, the person who grieves.”
  • The NHS: The god that failed

    In 1949, half-a-dozen ex-Communists wrote a book about their former faith, dubbing socialism The God that Failed. As the UK’s revered National Health Service enters its worst spiral on