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Mainline Protestant Church

Mainline Death or Revival?

February 3, 2016

Mainline Protestantism’s rich traditions that allowed it centuries of evangelistic, culture shaping vitality could teach a lot to post-denominational Christianity.

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IRD: Evangelical Trump Endorsement Shows Religion’s Ongoing Influence

January 28, 2016

As voters in Iowa prepare for next week’s first-in-the-nation caucuses for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations, pastors and other high-profile religious leaders are shaping the contests.

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What If the Civil War Never Happened?

January 5, 2016

In an interview with Canon & Culture, Mark Tooley discusses the last ditch effort to avert the Civil War at the Washington Peace Conference in 1861.


Demonizing American Civil Religion

December 16, 2015

Without claiming to offer redemption, American civil religion offers a moral and spiritual framework for public life without a coercive theological litmus test.

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IRD: Thanksgiving “models harmony possible by divine grace and good will”

November 24, 2015

IRD President Mark Tooley reminds us all that this Thanksgiving there is much reason for gratitude, and as always even more reason for prayer on behalf of many globally who lack religious liberty.


IRD Launches Journal Examining U.S. Foreign Policy from Christian Perspective

November 4, 2015

Evangelical Christians are among the most influential groups of activists and voters in America today. Yet, when it comes to scholarly discussion of international affairs, conservative evangelicals are astonishingly underrepresented.

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Tooley, Vicari Speak at World Congress of Families IX in Salt Lake City

October 28, 2015

More than 3,000 pro-family advocates have gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah for the largest gathering of its kind in the world.

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Evangelical Shift on Death Penalty?

October 22, 2015

While the NAE affirmed both sides on the issue of capital punishment, it did not affirm multiple perspectives on other political topics it has addressed including opposing nuclear deterrence and favoring legalizing illegal immigrants.

Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, who in a recent podcast stated his opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana.

IRD Knippers Lecture Features Southern Baptist Russell Moore on Religious Liberty

October 8, 2015

Southern Baptist theologian and ethicist Russell Moore will examine, among other issues, the state of religious liberty in the United States at a lecture and reception hosted by IRD on October 14 at the City Club of Washington.


Pope Francis & Yankee Democracy

October 8, 2015

Supposedly when the invading British admiral stood in the rostrum of the old U.S. House of Representatives in 1814, he sarcastically asked his torch bearing marines: “Shall this harbor of Yankee Democracy be burned? All for it say Aye!”

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Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit Begins Tuesday

September 18, 2015

“U.S. Catholics can learn from the struggles of mainline Protestants: don’t go wobbly on doctrine and distinct identity,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley ahead of Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.


IRD: NCC Support for Iran Deal ‘Utopian’

August 26, 2015

The National Council of Churches has organized a letter of religious voices praising the Iran nuclear deal.