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IRD: United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Israel

June 30, 2015

“The fast declining United Church of Christ’s vote today to divest from and boycott businesses doing business with Israel is sad but fortunately mostly inconsequential.”

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IRD: Supreme Court Marriage Ruling ‘Fashion Over Law’

June 26, 2015

“There are no winners, and the biggest losers are children in America who are the chief victims of the breakdown of marriage and family,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley on the Supreme Court ruling.

Tony Campolo of Eastern University speaks at a 2009 press conference calling for protected status for transgender persons sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. (Photo: Jeff Walton / IRD)

Does Campolo Announcement Signal Move From Evangelical Left to Post-Evangelical?

June 12, 2015

A longtime social justice activist and a former Christianity Today editor have announced their affirmation of same sex couples, signaling a gradual movement among politically liberal Evangelicals towards a reappraisal of historic Christian views on marriage and sexual ethics.

Tony Campolo of Eastern University speaks at a 2009 press conference calling for protected status for transgender persons sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. (Photo: Jeff Walton / IRD)

Tony Campolo and David Neff: From Evangelical Left to Post Evangelical?

June 11, 2015

Can Evangelicals who are liberal politically continue to affirm orthodox Christian teaching about marriage and sex?

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A Methodist Boycott of the Holocaust Museum?

May 26, 2015

A church official’s pro-Palestinianism veers off into fanaticism.

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Nelson Rockefeller as Social Gospel Christian

May 20, 2015

Richard Norton Smith’s outstanding new biography of Nelson Rockefeller does not directly focus much on the religious beliefs of the wealthy scion and long-time presidential aspirant. But there are enough tidbits to imply that he…

Graham House RH Marc LiVecche in the UChicago Creative studio Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the University of Chicago.    (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

IRD Announces New Christian Ethicist on War & Peace

May 11, 2015

IRD announced today that Marc LiVecche has joined the institute as its new scholar on Christian ethics, war and peace.

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Do Pastors Know God’s Will on Medicaid Expansion? Seriously?

May 8, 2015

Recently a group of mostly liberal Protestant clergy (but including a Catholic bishop) signed a Nashville Tennessean op-ed denouncing conservative Tennessee legislators who oppose Obamacare-facilitated Medicaid expansion in their state. The headline was: “Elected leaders show…

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Russell Crowe Amid Ottoman Political Correctness

May 6, 2015

Does Russell Crowe’s new WWI-era film The Water Diviner aim to demonize Christianity and exalt Islam? Or is it just a poignant story of an Australian father after the war searching for the bodies of his…

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An Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change

May 1, 2015

The following letter originally appeared on the website of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, the world’s leading evangelical voice on environmental stewardship and development. A full list of signatories, which includes Institute…

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Video of “People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism”

April 28, 2015

A 21st century case for Christian Zionism

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Conference Makes Case for Christian Support for Jewish Israel

April 21, 2015

Scholars at “People of the Land: a Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism” argued that it is time for a new form of Christian Zionism based not on End Times scenarios but rooted in intellectual traditions of ecumenical Christianity.