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 […]

SYMPOSIUM: Recognizing the Real and Good

by (@bjgingerich) April 8, 2014

The Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage is an assent to the world.

SYMPOSIUM Part 4: Sex and Salvation

by (@JohnGoerke) April 4, 2014

According to Tony Jones, Christianity ought to be totally unconcerned about sexuality. It is a “lie” in his words “that issues of human sexuality are somehow central to Christian doctrine.” This is plainly false. I know, because I once thought as Mr. Jones does.

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. […]

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 […]

Whips, Handcuffs, Leather and…Restraint?

by (@TheIRD) May 2, 2013

By Jeff Gissing (@JeffGissing) As our culture continues to grapple with the meaning of marriage, the Washington Post reported that vocal advocates of polyamory in the Unitarian Universalist church are detrimental to legal recognition of same sex marriage. You can read the original Post article here and the IRD’s commentary here. Many traditionalists have asked […]

Sex, Individualism, and the End of Civilization

by (@TheIRD) April 26, 2013

Kristin Rudolph (@Kristin_Rudolph) Our evaporating sexual mores are indicative of deep confusion about who we believe we are as human beings, what it means to be uniquely male or female, and what our purpose in life is. Dale Kuehne, author of Sex and the iWorld discussed these issues at the recent Q Conference in Los […]

Commitment-Free Critics and the ‘Christian Virginity Cult’

by (@TheIRD) February 8, 2013

By Bart Gingerich (@BJGingerich) You may have noticed the recent volley of criticism against the evangelical sex culture. No, not the trends toward loose morals, but the Christian fascination with virginity and purity. The casualties of the “purity movement” are starting to speak out. Former fundamentalist and current feminist Elizabeth Esther looked back on her adolescence and said, […]

The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin

by (@TheIRD) January 8, 2013

By Bart Gingerich (@bjgingerich) The following article originally appeared on The Gospel Coalition website. Every human institution and society has its own list of sins and virtues that contradict the law of God. With the rise of the Millennial generation in evangelical churches, a vice is creeping up into the realms of acceptance, indifference, or at […]

Feminism, Patriarchy, and the Names of God

by (@bjgingerich) August 15, 2012

The increasingly popular Love, Joy, Feminism blog featured a short post that caught my attention. Echoing Sarah Over the Moon, Libby Anne asserted that male imagery of God is idolatry. I read this opinion not because I am a loyal follower of this Patheos blog. Instead, I came across it through several feminists friends of […]