Christian Tolerance

Tolerance of People, Criticism of Ideas & Actions

February 25, 2017

Tolerance of people who disagree with Christian beliefs and values must never be confused with the equality of ideas, an impossible position for either Christians or non-Christians to maintain.

Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School Pursues Union Merger

February 24, 2017

Two progressive seminaries are on the road to merging following a financial shortfall and dropping enrollment at a historic Boston-area institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church.


Jesus Feminists & Forbidden Discourse

February 24, 2017

Is there even a little internal disagreement among feminists over prioritizing women’s safety versus transgender accommodations?

New documentary about literary intellectual James Baldwin called "I Am Not Your Negro"

James Baldwin, Race & American Covenant

February 23, 2017

New documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” about literary intellectual James Baldwin provides a grim picture somewhat at odds with Baldwin’s professed optimism.

Pentecostal Society

Sex Dispute Has Pentecostal Society Scrambling

February 22, 2017

The Society for Pentecostal Studies is scrambling to make alternative arrangements after the host institution for its annual meeting suddenly withdrew, citing the presence of an LGBT activist on the conference speaker schedule.


Is Biology Truth or Transphobic?

February 22, 2017

Traditional Christians are concerned about revisionist gender ideology, but it’s all women who will truly suffer the consequences.

Book Review: The Fall of Heaven: "The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran"

Countering Islamist Politics: Lessons from the Shah’s Defeat

February 22, 2017

“The Fall of Heaven” by Andrew Scott Cooper is a mesmerizing new account about the Shah of Iran and his defeat by reactionary and murderous Islamists.

Mainline Decline

7 Insights about Mainline Decline from Rodney Stark

February 21, 2017

Membership in Mainline Protestant denominations continues declining in America. But Mainline decline doesn’t mean American Protestantism is doomed.

10 George Washington Quotes Pointing to God’s Providence

February 20, 2017

The evidence points to an astute leader nurturing religious freedom in a new nation, not rejecting his Savior.


George Washington’s God

February 19, 2017

My review of Washington’s God, by Michael & Jana Novak, is republished in honor of Washington’s Birthday and of Michael Novak, who died February 17, 2017.


Celebrating Murder of a “Blasphemer”

February 18, 2017

Last Sunday a mosque outside Baltimore reportedly honored the assassin of a Pakistani statesman who criticized his country’s blasphemy law.


Theologian Michael Novak (1933-2017): IRD Founding Father

February 17, 2017

Catholic theologian Michael Novak passed away on February 17, 2017 at 83 years old. He was involved in IRD’s founding and served as board member emeritus.