On Monday, thanks to a scholarship from Dignitatis Humanae, I am being flown to Grand Rapids in Michigan to take part in a conference hosted by the Acton Institute. A busy schedule of academic lectures awaits and members of many denominations around the world will be present. It is an honour to be representing the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and I am grateful to Mgr. Newton for his help in arranging this.
The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. The principal goal of Acton Research’s investigations is to seek truth by means of the examination and clarification of ideas.
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is named after the great English historian, Lord John Acton (1834-1902). He is best known for his famous remark: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Inspired by his work on the relation between liberty and morality, the Acton Institute seeks to articulate a vision of society that is both free and virtuous, the end of which is human flourishing. To clarify this relationship, the Institute holds seminars and publishes various books, monographs, periodicals, and articles.
The Acton Institute publish monthly current affairs and public policy opinions both in hard print and on-line. They print a journal called Religion & Liberty that engages the intellectual reader on issues in the areas of religion, politics, economics, literature, and culture. The Acton Institute’s academic investigations are conducted by Acton Research. The work produced at Acton Research includes the disciplines of philosophy, economics, theology, and history, among others, and includes the contributions of both in-house research fellows and of invited scholars.
It all looks most worthwhile then. Here is a list of lectures I will be attending:
Session 1 – Christian Anthropology
Session 2 – A Christian vision of government
Session 3 – An Economic Way of Thinking
Session 4 – Strong Families, Prosperous States
Session 5 – Poverty in the Developing World
Session 6 – Newman on Political and Economic Liberty
Session 7 – Marriage and Religious Liberty
Session 8 – Art and Beauty: The Neglected Battle
Session 9 – Climate Change: Science and Economics
Session 10 – The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom
Session 11 – The Spirituality of Pope Francis
I fly home the following Monday.
Fr Ed Tomlinson