The Acton Institute publishes both popular-level and academic books across the disciplines of theology, economics, ethics, and history. Acton Books consists of three publishing platforms: the Acton Institute imprint, Christian’s Library Press, and the Journal of Markets & Morality.
The Acton Institute imprint is the institute’s original in-house publishing outlet. This imprint includes books and monographs on a wide variety of topics across multiple disciplines. In addition to original works, collections of essays, and important reprint titles, this imprint features the Christian Social Thought Series and the Orthodox Christian Social Thought Series. Titles in these series address contemporary and perennial social, economic, and ethical issues by drawing on the rich resources of their respective traditions.
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 almost 40 years. The Acton Institute has administered the imprint since 2009, and the imprint has been expanded to include books on the relationship between the church and civil society, as well as academic studies and translations in the fields of economics, ethics, and law.
Journal of Markets & Morality is a peer-reviewed academic journal. The journal promotes intellectual exploration of the relationship between economics and morality from both social science and theological perspectives, and the editors welcome submission of articles written by professional scholars and graduate students in economics, theology, ethics, and philosophy.
Lord Acton: Historian and Moralist
“Historian and moralist”—Lord Acton is the only individual in the entire Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to receive that curious description. A unique individual, however, warrants a unique description, and Lord Acton was one of the most profound and peculiar individuals of the Victorian era. The essays in this volume introduce and engage the works and legacy of this brilliant scholar.
Leo XIII and Abraham Kuyper on the Social Question
Makers of Modern Christian Social Thought
Leo XIII’s encyclical on the relationship between capital and labor (Rerum Novarum) and Abraham Kuyper’s speech to the first Christian Social Congress (“The Social Question and the Christian Religion”), both published in 1891, are foundational sources for subsequent Christian social thought in their respective traditions—Roman Catholic and Reformed. This volume, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of these two landmark publications, includes authoritative English translations of these works and an introduction that outlines their context and significance.
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.
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