SYMPOSIUM: Why Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Attract Young Christians Students Like Me

by (@TheIRD) April 5, 2014

Research has shown that while the rest of the U.S. has become more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have stood firm in their convictions and this is true for older as well as for younger Evangelicals.

Brad Pitt, Family, and Faith

by (@TheIRD) July 13, 2013

(Photo credit: Esquire) by Brian Miller Esquire magazine recently ran a profile of actor Brad Pitt that touched on several little known aspects of his personal life. Its difficult to admire Pitt as a serious actor, and even more difficult as a Christian to respect him for his certain lifestyle choices. However, after reading the […]

Why “Blinged-Out Weddings”?

by (@bjgingerich) July 9, 2013

Let’s be frank, shall we? Lots of newlyweds have already been either fooling around or cohabiting. What does this mean for the nuptial event itself?

The Ethics of Surrogacy

by (@TheIRD) June 8, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) Surrogacy is not an issue that comes to the average Christian’s mind when discussing the dignity and sanctity of human life. But Russell Moore, the new president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention believes Christians must be educated on the ethical implications of surrogacy as artificial […]

IRD Board Chair Receives Woman of the Year Honors

by (@TheIRD) June 6, 2013

In May the World Congress of Families (WCF) honored IRD board Chair Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse for her steadfast advancement of pro-family issues. WCF released the following statement acknowledging Dr. Crouse’s recognition: At a special ceremony at World Congress of Families VII, in Sydney, Australia on May 17, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse and Ignacio Arsuaga […]

A Fresh Explanation of Western Secularization

by (@TheIRD) May 31, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) The story of Western Christianity’s decline and secularism’s rise has been inadequately told and understood, according to author and Ethics and Public Policy Center senior fellow Mary Eberstadt. On May 30 at a talk hosted by The Heritage Foundation about her new book, How the West Really Lost God, Eberstadt said the “conventional story-line […]

Fathers, Mothers, and “Radical” Christianity

by (@TheIRD) May 24, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) In a piece responding to the controversy over the “New Radicals,” titled “Suburbia Needs Jesus, Too,” Andrea Palpant Dilley offers a mother’s perspective, pointing out that fixation on big, dramatic acts as the way to “really” follow God disqualifies most Christian mothers from a meaningful Christian life. (Read the article that started […]

Notable Protestants Defend Marriage

by (@bjgingerich) May 17, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) At the start of May, Union University was graced with the presence of notable evangelical theologians who commented on the issues of homosexuality, marriage, the church, and society. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore joined the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Robert Gagnon at Union’s conference, “Salt and Light in the Public Square: Charles […]

Wearing a White Carnation

by (@Cuchulain09) May 12, 2013

By Faith J. H. McDonnell (@Cuchulain09) A longstanding tradition on Mother’s Day is to wear a carnation in honor of your mother. Wearing a red carnation means that your mother is living. Wearing a white carnation means that your mother is dead.  When I was  little, I always felt sad when I saw people wearing white […]

Sex Education for a Brave New World

by (@TheIRD) May 8, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) The English speaking world now has a “Truly Inclusive Way to Answer the Question ‘Where Do Babies Come From?’” Noah Berlatsky writes on The Atlantic of a new children’s book authored by sex educator Cory Silverberg that “does not presume a ‘normal’ one-fertile-mommy-one-fertile-daddy household.” Berlatsky celebrates the fact that the book “doesn’t […]