A Tale of Two Easters: Remembrance and Forgetfulness of God

by (@TheIRD) April 22, 2014

What is Easter without Christ’s Resurrection? It is nothing. Pascha without the solemn and profound beauty of remembering, affirming belief in and participating in the theological, historical and existential reality of the Lord’s Resurrection is nothing.

Death Has Been Swallowed Up In Victory

by (@nathanieltorrey) April 16, 2014

The Church’s calendar and all her services are each an entire whole and a part of the experience of God in history. Each service in its own way encapsulates, in part or in whole, all of the human condition from the creation of the world…

It’s All About Religion

by (@TheIRD) 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.

Stories, Not Arguments, Shape Imaginations

by (@TheIRD) March 29, 2014

If stories convince us that certain positions are absurd or foolish, reason, logic, and data will look foolish, mean-spirited, and absurd.

Christmas, Americans and the Virgin Birth

by (@markdtooley) December 22, 2013

A new poll by Pew Research, just in time for Christmas, shows 73 percent of Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth by His mother Mary. Even 32 percent of the self-professed religiously unaffiliated said they believe. White evangelicals were the most believing (97%), followed by black Protestants (94%), white Catholics (88%), Hispanic Catholics (81%) and Mainline Protestants (70%). By comparison, other polls show about one third of the British people profess belief in the Virgin Birth.

The Collegiate Religious Establishment and the “Crisis of Truth”: A Guide for the Perplexed

by (@TheIRD) August 26, 2013

The university is an institution ostensibly dedicated to reason. In some cases, the university is also supposedly dedicated to faith. In most circles of higher education, including much of Catholic – and more broadly Christian – higher education, one is likely to encounter the rejection – explicit or implicit – of the compatibility between faith and reason. This rejection is a two-sided coin. One side rejects faith and embraces reason. The other side – arguably more dangerous – seeks to build a faith on little or no rational foundation.

Praying at an Interreligious Prayer Gathering

by (@Cuchulain09) June 29, 2013

By Faith J. H. McDonnell (@Cuchulain09) Earlier this week I participated in an interreligious prayer gathering for religious freedom at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Paul S. Loverde. My bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Guernsey, Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Anglican Church in […]

Book Review: Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed by Jay Bakker

by (@TheIRD) April 16, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) I recently finished reading Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God by Jay Bakker with Andy Meisenheimer. Going into this book I was fully aware that I have great theological differences with Bakker yet I was very interested to see how he would express himself. The […]

Press Release: Remembering Margaret Thatcher’s Public Theology

by (@TheIRD) April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013 Contact: Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell “Thatcher’s faith and leadership helped revive a nation, peacefully win the Cold War, and promote global human rights ultimately based on biblical principles of human dignity and responsibility.” -IRD President Mark Tooley Washington, DC—Raised a devout Methodist who later joined the Church of England, Margaret Thatcher vigorously applied […]

Rob Bell’s New God Ain’t No Tribal God

by (@lukemoon1) March 8, 2013

By Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) Rob Bell has been making a lot of videos lately.  These videos are not like the great Nooma videos he made back in the 2000s, but rather videos promoting his latest writing adventures. The new videos are perhaps an unintentional story of how a once popular and promising pastor could drift […]