IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

by (@BrianKenMiller) 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 bring together some of the best and brightest millennial Christians to talk about what the Church and her teachings on sex […]

Confession is Hope

by (@nathanieltorrey) 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.”

Giving to Ease Your Conscience

by (@nathanieltorrey) 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.

Met. Hilarion Calls for Prophetic Witness Against Radical Islamism, Militant Secularism

by (@nathanieltorrey) 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 it addresses challenges facing Christians throughout the world. He identifies two major challenges: militant secularism and radical Islamism. These challenges, he […]

The “Funeral Selfie” and How We Deal with Death

by (@nathanieltorrey) 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 how flattering their dress or hair cut makes them look on the way to or after a funeral. The phenomenon of […]

Media Advisory: With a Nod to Global South Leadership, Anglicans Gather in Nairobi

by (@TheIRD) 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.

Suffering as an Apologetic for God

by (@nathanieltorrey) 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 theodicy: If God is all powerful and all good, why is there evil in the world? He writes: “I know. I […]

All Too Human

by (@nathanieltorrey) 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 by one name) is a grown man residing with two lifelike dolls. In a bizarrely intriguing interview in The Atlantic, the […]

Press Release: IRD to U.S. Christians: Show Solidarity with The Egyptian People

by (@TheIRD) 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.

Working Out with Fear and Trembling

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 can be summarized as follows: Caring about health and fitness causes us to forget that we will die someday. If you […]