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November 26, 2014
Next to eating turkey, debating religion and politics with family members and loved ones around the holidays is a cherished part of that tradition.
November 24, 2014
In Interstellar, love of particular individuals guides the protagonist’s actions, rather than abstract humanity.
April 14, 2014
The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however, managed to…
March 1, 2014
Before I was baptized, I had to give a confession of my entire life. With pen and paper, I spent an evening examining my life up against the seven deadly sins (i.e., gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride envy, and wrath). I wrote each transgression down, trying to bring everything to light. “Don’t hold anything back,” a monk in Northern California had told me. “The more you give up, the greater the peace will be.”
January 14, 2014
Working in D.C. you see a lot of panhandlers. All along my commute even as early as Northern Virginia I see a gallery of people asking for help in one-way or another. All of them certainly need help, monetarily and certainly spiritually, but I wonder how they will use the money they collect.
November 6, 2013
Addressing the World Council of Churches (WCC) this past Friday, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the public face of the Russian Orthodox Church, says the continued relevance and existence of the WCC depends on how effectively…
November 2, 2013
A tumblr entitled “Selfies at Funerals” is the latest variation on the theme of spiritual entropy facing the modern world. The tumblr consists of self portraits of pretty youngsters making goofy expressions or showing off…
October 18, 2013
Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy will be sending a team to the 2013 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this October.
September 18, 2013
Rod Dreher, blogger at the American Conservative, has been reading the Iliad with his sons. The capricious nature of the gods as portrayed in that story causes him to wonder about the problem of…
September 7, 2013
Davecat leads an alternative lifestyle: choosing to dwell with both his wife and his mistress, he would on those grounds alone find himself outside of the mainstream of American society. But Davecat (he goes…
August 29, 2013
Washington, DC—Christians in the United States should show solidarity with Egyptian Christians facing attacks and church burnings, according to an official with the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
July 5, 2013
by Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) A while back, Ryan Adams wrote on his blog Summa about the current obsession with health and fitness borne out of an attempt to deny our inevitable deaths. His criticism…