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The Mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

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 organizes seminars aimed at educating religious leaders of all denominations, business executives, entrepreneurs, university professors, and academic researchers in economics principles, and in the connection that can exist between virtue and economic thinking. We exhort religious leaders to embrace the principles of economics as analytic tools in the consideration of economic issues that arise in their ministry, on the one hand, and, on the other, we exhort business executives and entrepreneurs, to integrate their faith more fully into their professional lives, to give of themselves more unselfishly in their communities, and to strive after higher standards of ethical conduct in their work. Our conferences are held primarily in the United States, but we also conduct some conferences in Europe and Latin America. More information on these seminars can be obtained at from Acton programs (http://www.acton.org/programs/).

The Acton Institute's publications (http://www.acton.org/publicat/) range widely from those directed at the general public to those that are rigorous academic essays. We publish monthly current affairs and public policy (http://www.acton.org/ppolicy/) opinions both in hard print and on-line. We also print a journal called Religion & Liberty (http://www.acton.org/publicat/randl/) that engages the intellectual reader on issues in the areas of religion, politics, economics, literature, and culture. We also publish the Journal of Markets & Morality (http://www.acton.org/publicat/m_and_m/), which is a refereed academic journal dedicated to examining ideas in the unique interdisciplinary niche that brings together economics, theology, and philosophy. In addition, we publish monographs on economic issues that have direct impact on Christian theology as part of a collection called the Christian Social Thought Series (http://www.acton.org/research/pubs/chr_thought.html). There are also occasional papers (http://www.acton.org/publicat/occasionalpapers/) that we print as part of an on-going collection of academic inquiry. As part of the Acton Institute's information outreach program, we also publish transcripts and tapes of prominent guest speakers we have invited to our special events, and of TV and radio discussions in which we have participated. These are available through the Acton Bookshoppe (http://www.acton.org/bookshoppe/).

The Acton Institute’s academic investigations are conducted at the center for academic research (http://www.acton.org/research/), called the Center for Economic Personalism (http://www.acton.org/research/ep/). The work produced at the Center includes the disciplines of philosophy, economics, theology, and history, among others, and it includes the contributions of both in-house research fellows and of invited scholars. The principal goal of the Center's investigations is to seek truth by means of the examination and clarification of ideas. The investigations produced at the Acton Institute are delivered widely at conferences with the goal of reaching the academy at large. The papers and monographs produced by the Center's fellows take final form as books published by mainstream academic publishers and as articles accepted in refereed academic journals.