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Just as Acton’s website was redone in the beginning of 2017, it’s time to give a fresh coat of paint to this publication you’re reading now. The next issue of Religion & Liberty, Spring 2017 Vol 27 Number 2, will look very different from what you’re currently reading.

The scope of the magazine will be different. For the past several years, Religion & Liberty has focused on an American audience. The new tag of the magazine will read “Acton Institute’s International Journal of Religion, Economics and Culture.” The theme will continue to be the intersection of faith and economics, but now with an added transatlantic focus. Connecting good intentions with sound economics goes beyond our national borders.

The format will be different. Along with a larger audience comes a need for more space and more content. The current magazine runs with 16 pages, but the new design will include a total of 24 pages.

The look will be different. If you’ve visited www.acton.org recently, you’ll notice our website features more imagery and brighter colors. The new Religion & Liberty will mirror that with a bolder shade of red and a full-color interior. You can expect stunning visuals to accompany new essays and articles.

Much will stay the same, however. Acton’s commitment to quality, well-researched pieces will remain. Our commitment to reaching a broad interfaith audience will remain the same. Many of the essays, reviews and articles will be consistent with content found in Religion & Liberty archives.

The new product will also reflect our commitment to good stewardship with sustainable packaging and paper. We will look into options that are not only a good use of the money so generously given to us, but are also ecologically-friendly. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Ultimately, the goal of the redesign is to reflect the quality of the writing and content in an updated, bolder design.

We hope this new look improves the readability of this publication and that you, our readers, will enjoy the change.


Kris Mauren is co-founder and executive director of Acton Institute, an international educational and public policy organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and with international offices in Rome, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina.   The Institute publishes scholarship and film and organizes educational seminars around the world for current and future religious leaders across denominations promoting an understanding of the ethical dimensions of the free market economy.