Guest Writer

Guest Writer

Founded in 1981, the Institute on Religion & Democracy has been a voice for transparency, for renewal, and for Christian orthodoxy.

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Education: This Time It Really is About the Children

September 15, 2014

Few realms of human activity have such a profound impact on individuals, families, societies, and nations than the quality (or lack thereof) in education…

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An Interview with Anglican Archbishop Foley Beach

August 12, 2014

Recently elected Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America explains his vision for the ACNA’s social engagement in an interview with Jacob Stubbs.

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Praise Songs and Spiritual Pride

August 1, 2014

In my experience, hymn-singing congregations tend to make an effort not to isolate the worship to only the particularly stirring verses. Removing a verse is like removing a chapter from a book…

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Tradition: We are Not So Alone

July 18, 2014

Tradition is not a separate entity from your own personal Experience. Tradition is not a dead static heirloom which you may or may not perpetuate…

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The Last Taboo Topic: Death

July 5, 2014

We live in a culture of denial about death, and it is the last taboo for conversation. Yet, both death and resurrection are imprinted all about us in nature.

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Living Unconditionally: A Christian Response to Despair

June 28, 2014

The Christian, especially, feels the spiritual decay. It seems all we hear about is another defeat, another scandal, another advanced inch by the icy wall of the world…

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Is Your Church Really A Community?

June 21, 2014

A family is how the Epistles describe the Early Church: they spent time together, ate together, got to know one another, learned from each other, were vulnerable and open to each other…

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Is Biological Determinism on its Way Out?

June 12, 2014

Without the bedrock of biological determinism, the LGBTQ movement loses its legal luster. The assembling power of “discrimination” becomes, instead, the rather ignorable whimper of disagreement.

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The Discipline of Matrimony in the Orthodox Church

May 15, 2014

Unlike Western churches, there is no sense of marriage as a contractual agreement between the couple. If there is a contractual element, it is in the Betrothal, and not seen as sacramental.

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The Resurrection of Holy Russia

April 19, 2014

Russia is on a path to the rebuilding and reintegration of its culture by Orthodox Christianity. It took the total collapse of the secular materialist Soviet system to prepare the ground for the new Christian re-structuring of society.

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It’s All About Religion

April 15, 2014

The decadence and libertinism of the West in general and America in particular is a sign of a society that is disintegrating, rejecting its essential structuring elements.

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America, Christians & Secular Sweden

April 9, 2014

From the Swedish viewpoint and given recent events, one wonders whether the American secular elite would regard Sweden as a promised land.