IRD’s Top 10 Evangelical News Stories of 2018

In 2018, we here at the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) published hundreds of articles on everything from the most encouraging news stories affecting Christianity to some of the most concerning. That’s our job, our mission.

Sam Ferguson

Assessing the Anthropology and Hope of the Gender Revolution

An increasing number of people in Western culture, especially teens, identify as transgender. Their “inward” experience feels askew to their “outward” biological sex. Anglican Pastor Sam Ferguson says Christians need to think carefully and compassionately about an array of questions, including: What anthropological assumptions underlie popular views and treatments? What does a loving Christian response look like?

evangelical mind

The State of the Evangelical Mind: Book Review

This latest evaluation of the evangelical mind was mixed. Noll himself quipped, “In a word, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times.” Some of the authors seemed even to disagree about what the term “evangelical mind” means.

The virgin birth is necessary for Jesus to be God and man, a sufficient Savior for our sins

Virgin birth not necessarily literal, only a symbol against patriarchy, says Brian McLaren

In a segment titled “A Post-Patriarchal Christmas,” McLaren took issue with the virgin birth as a “science-defying miracle that proved something about Jesus.” He protested, “This approach never really worked for me. How can you use something you can’t prove—a virgin birth long ago—to prove something else—the unique identity of Jesus?”

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