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.

Weddings Cakes, Evangelicals, and Philistinism

by (@bjgingerich) February 26, 2014

Jethani, of course, entitled his piece “An Evangelical Case for Gay Wedding Cakes.” No doubt his word processor inquired, “You typed ‘evangelical.’ Did you mean to write ‘Mainline Protestant liberal’ instead?”

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?

Boy Scouts: a Lament and Prognosis, Part III

by (@bjgingerich) June 3, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) So the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be facing several negative consequences for their decision to change membership standards, allowing for openly avowed gay youth. Last post, I wondered how the BSA leadership reached such a nadir in moral courage. There are no easy answers, but I think the current […]

Boy Scouts: a Lament and Prognosis, Part II

by (@bjgingerich) June 3, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Last week, I analyzed the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Council’s foolish decision to change membership standards, lifting bans on open avowed homosexual youth. I foresee four scenarios of fallout due to the national leadership’s betrayal of the majority of its supporters and participants. 1. Someway, somehow, the BSA pulls […]

How Fornication Messes Up Marriage

by (@bjgingerich) May 13, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) The recent National Catholic Prayer Breakfast got me to thinking about the cultural co-belligerence of different Christians and the debt that I owe Catholics for their great work in the theology of the body. Recent trends within evangelical and post-evangelical circles regarding sexuality led to a serious brouhaha earlier this year. […]

Internet Pornography: Society’s Mr. Hyde

by (@TheIRD) May 1, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The question of government regulation is one that sparks much debate between people of all political persuasions. Internet pornography is an excellent example of this. The question of whether pornography is inherently harmful to viewers and whether the porn industry is inherently exploitive and degrading to women is very controversial. Though […]

Stand Up for Scouting on Firm Ground (Part 2)

by (@bjgingerich) February 28, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Earlier, I discussed the relative unavailability of data regarding child predation and loosened sexual standards in Scouting. Today, I want to look at the policy change proposal from the perspective of principles rather than consequences. When an institution like the Boy Scouts of America is in decline, we tend to focus […]

My Beer Summit with Frank Schaeffer

by (@lukemoon1) December 7, 2012

My first assignment for the IRD outside of my responsibilities as business manager was to cover the Wild Goose festival in 2011. I was just beginning to familiarize myself with the people and organization that represented what we at the IRD call the Religious and Evangelical Left.  The Wild Goose festival was, as I described […]