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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is a helpful article on the “Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church.” It’s especially relevant for evangelical contexts. What are you teaching your kids when you take out those dusty creeds, practices, and precepts?
by James Tonkowich Did anyone ever read let alone preach a sample sermon I wrote on Malachi 2:13-16? I wonder. Most of us would rather not think about “Why God Hates Divorce.” Yet as the authors of “Does the Shape of Families Shape Faith?” — a new report from the Institute on American Values — write, “The […]
Many of us here at IRD are committed readers. As such, what better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a favorites list of books published in 2012. I’ve limited the selection to focus on the Institute’s specialty, the intersection of Christian faith and politics. First, let’s look at this year’s pot-stirrers–authors and works that […]
By Mark Tooley Many traditional Christians have responded with alarm over the President’s reelection despite his stances on abortion, same-sex marriage, and religious liberty. Some discern that the modern electorate has perhaps irretrievably divorced itself from America’s spiritual heritage. “For the first time in our history, in the election of President Barack Obama, we have […]