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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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 Gospel at the Gates of Hell

July 14, 2014

One of the reasons governments feel free to deny their citizens religious freedom has to do with the Obama administration’s apparent lack of interest.

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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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Stepping Up and Marching for Marriage

June 19, 2014

In order to strengthen the cause of marriage and family, the annual March for Marriage will be held on the Mall in Washington, DC this Thursday.

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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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Calvin, Aquinas and a Whopper with Cheese

June 2, 2014

Yes, we’re talking validating existence with Whoppers. But, no, it’s not crazy. The new slogan sums up the prevailing philosophy that drives our choices and much of our public debate on moral questions.

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Your Faith is Now Intrinsically Offensive. Are You Ready for the Fallout?

May 25, 2014

Picture a world in which Christianity has all but vanished with little hope of resurgence, a world where the marginalization of Christians has morphed into persecution and genocide…

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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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Sports Mirror the Battles of Life

April 19, 2014

We say we “play” golf, tennis, soccer, football, and other games. Even professionals “play” their sport. The problem is that we’ve figured out a way to “play” these sports without actually playing.