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

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A Pro-Women Response to “Contraception Saves Lives”

March 12, 2015

By Kristin Larson and Chelsen Vicari It’s a struggle, isn’t it? As Christian women we aim to be humanitarian and compassionate towards everyone. When we read about poor women in Malawi, ill from attempting to…

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The Moral Necessity of Rage

February 4, 2015

A memory invades: it is of my first significant, disequilibrating confrontation with the reality of human evil. At four or five-years-old I had descended the stairs in our old family home to find my…

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“Jesus was a Palestinian” is a False Narrative

January 28, 2015

As any reader of this piece will likely know, the ninth Commandment declares unequivocally that we “shall not give false testimony against [our] neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16). Yet after reviewing the narrative that for some…

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Free Speech, Humble Speech

January 24, 2015

The book of Proverbs says, “Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath” and warns, “Do not be wise in thine own eyes.” There is a danger in…

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A Bright Light versus Evangelical Anarchism

December 30, 2014

Pick any random number of churches that have lost significant membership and check out their acceptance of liberal theology.

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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…