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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.


American Churches and the Iran Nuclear Deal

August 21, 2015

Most church groups and prominent religious voices speaking to the Iran nuclear deal are supportive. Most notable among them is the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. In April, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces,…


IRD: Will Christian Universities Collapse or Give Strong Witness?

August 14, 2015

Several Christian colleges and universities are poised to depart the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities by the end of the summer if two institutions that revised their employment policies to allow the hiring of faculty and staff in same-sex marriages remain members.

U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, left, watches as the foreign minister Manoru Shigemitsu of Japan signs the surrender document aboard the USS Missouri on Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945.   Lt. General Richard K. Sutherland, center, witnesses the ceremony marking the end of World War II with other American and British officers in background.

IRD: Atomic Blast Anniversary Recalls Christian Realism

August 7, 2015

“Tomorrow’s peace and security depends on a realistic Christian view of our fallen world, where war, poverty and oppression are the historic norms,” says IRD President Mark Tooley.

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IRD: Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood as “God’s Work”

July 31, 2015

“Clergy and churches should defend the vulnerable, not excuse their destruction,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.


IRD President’s New Book on U.S. Civil War’s Origins

July 23, 2015

As many Americans ponder the legacy of the Confederacy, slavery and Civil War, IRD President Mark Tooley has published a new book on the last major effort to avert the Civil War.


IRD: Be Wary of Unintended Consequences in Iran Nuclear Deal

July 17, 2015

“Christians in sync with historic church teaching and human reality must appreciate the dangers of this accommodation with Iran’s Shiite theocracy,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

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Mark Tooley Reviews “A Change of Heart” by Thomas Oden

July 13, 2015

(This piece originally appeared at The Weekly Standard) Thomas Oden is a Methodist, ecumenist, evangelical, and patristics scholar who was dissuaded from liberal modernism by a Jewish conservative, becoming himself a theological paleo-orthodox and…

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There He Goes Again! Methodist Lobbyist Admits Not Consulting Jesus on Marriage

July 10, 2015

GBCS staffer Bill Mefford once again takes to social media to demonstrate what is wrong with the UMC’s lobby office.