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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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The Fall-out of the Sexual Revolution

December 3, 2014

As a society we seem bent on sexualizing everything. Nearly every movie or TV series for adults features a good deal of sexual insinuations, talk, and action.  Women’s chic clothing is provocative; even small…

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Fr. Robert Arida: Why Don’t You Become Episcopalian?

November 7, 2014

A great many of those who ‘debunk’ traditional…values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process. C.S. Lewis, “The Abolition of Man” Whenever you hear…

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Nuns in Glass Buses

November 3, 2014

After helping to re-elect President Obama in 2012 and advocating for immigration reform in 2013, Sr. Simone Campbell and the Nuns on a Bus have returned for the 2014 midterm elections.  Sr. Campbell, who…

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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.