Mark Tooley Articles


American Churches and the Iran Nuclear Deal

11:01 AM, Aug 20, 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. 

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The Turning Points

One theologian’s journey from there to here.
Jul 20, 2015

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 devoting the last half of his life to the reaffirmation of Christian orthodoxy rooted in the early church fathers.

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The Great Dissenter

The transatlantic origins of evangelical America
Jan 26, 2015

This new biography recalls George Whitefield, the 18th-century English evangelist, as probably the most recognizable celebrity of his age. He was certainly the most traveled, crisscrossing the Atlantic countless times and preaching to audiences, sometimes in the tens of thousands, up and down the Atlantic seaboard and throughout the British Isles at a time when the total population of Great Britain and its colonies was only in the several millions.

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An Israeli Priest Defends Israel

The case for Jewish-Christian collaboration.
Dec 01, 2014

Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest in Yafia, near Nazareth, made news in 2012 when he publicly urged Israeli Christians of Arab descent to join the Israel Defense Forces. Since then, he’s become a lightning rod for encouraging Christians to integrate themselves into Israeli society rather than maintain an Arab identity that typically entails hostility to their country. In the United States in recent days, Naddaf spoke to pro-Israel groups, urging Christians to support the Jewish state against anti-Christian, anti-Jewish Islamists throughout the Middle East.

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Conservative Christians Still Key to Republicans

3:15 PM, Nov 06, 2014

It is often claimed that conservative religious voters, especially white evangelicals, are going the way of the dinosaur, consigned to demographic irrelevance. But they were a key component of the Republicans 2014 midterm victories. According to exit polls, Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever, and they backed Republicans at least as strongly as ever.

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A Friendship Grown Less Warm

Are evangelicals turning against Israel?
Sep 29, 2014

Senator Ted Cruz’s vigorous defense of Israel at a recent conference for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians in Washington, D.C., provoked jeers from a loud minority in the audience, made up largely of Catholics and Orthodox, many of them from the region or of Middle Eastern background. In June, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to divest from three firms doing business with Israel to protest Israeli policies towards Palestinians.

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Virginia Inflamed

Bacon’s Rebellion: power grab or principled uprising?
Apr 28, 2014

A century before the Declaration of Independence, Virginia colonists, mostly from the frontier backcountry, rebelled against their imperious royal governor and his privileged Tidewater elites, forcing him into exile and burning the capital of Jamestown.

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Visionary/Reactionary

The paradox of a Tar Heel editor-politician.
Mar 03, 2014

Josephus Daniels was a North Carolina newspaper mogul, Democratic party kingmaker, Prohibitionist, progressive leader, ardent Methodist, equally ardent segregationist, friend to William Jennings Bryan, and counselor to Woodrow Wilson.

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The Presbyterians Reconsider Anti-Israel Divestment

2:19 PM, Feb 20, 2014

A new Presbyterian study resource is being condemned by Jewish groups for its harsh anti-Israel rhetoric. But the controversy over the booklet could actually help defeat anti-Israel divestment, which the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly will consider once again in June, after defeating it in 2012 by only two votes.

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Will Percy’s Secret

The inner life, and outer bounds, of a Southern aristocrat.
Jul 22, 2013

William Alexander Percy (1885-1942), of Greenville, Mississippi, was the cousin and adoptive father of the Southern Catholic novelist Walker Percy. He was himself a lawyer and man of letters, a poet, literary mentor, scion of a great family, friend of William Faulkner, and author of a bestselling memoir.

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Evangelical Landslide for Romney?

12:15 PM, Oct 19, 2012

Although not widely noticed, Mitt Romney seems to be on his way to capturing as much of the white evangelical vote as George W. Bush famously did in 2004. Bush got 79 percent. A Pew poll conducted before the first presidential debate had Romney getting 74 percent of white evangelicals versus 19 percent for Obama.

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Baptism of Fire

George Washington’s adventures as a British officer.
Jul 16, 2012

Was young George Washington a slightly inept and self-serving martinet who helped to blunder the British Empire into the otherwise avoidable French and Indian War? Seemingly so, according to this account of Washington’s early military adventures. 

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Divestment Fails—For Now

7:34 AM, Jul 13, 2012

For much of the last decade, international anti-Israel activists have targeted U.S. mainline Protestant denominations with pleas for divesting from firms doing business with Israel.

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Religiously Targeting Israel

4:55 PM, Jul 03, 2012

Just in time for the nearly 2 million member Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly this week, which will consider anti-Israel divestment, some prominent Christian activists have released a new anti-Israel salvo, called Kairos USA.

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60 Minutes Steers Christians Against Israel

8:06 AM, Apr 28, 2012

Last Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcast “Christians of the Holy Land,” by Bob Simon, largely blaming Israel for an exodus of Christians from the Holy Land. The showing coincides with a growing international campaign to portray Israel as anti-Christian, showcasing Palestinian Christians as evidence.

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Evangelicals Opposing Nukes

Will the increasingly liberal views of the National Association of Evangelicals affect the next election?
2:29 PM, Nov 10, 2011

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) on November 8 released a new policy that falls just short of urging total nuclear disarmament while surmising that reliance on nukes might be idolatrous.

NAE was founded in the 1940’s to counter the liberal and then influential National Council of Churches, and was historically a conservative bulwark. Its most famous public moment was likely President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 “evil empire” speech to NAE.

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9/11 at the Cathedral

1:04 PM, Sep 10, 2011

On Sunday, the Episcopal Church’s National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will host “A Call to Compassion” to commemorate 9/11.  President Obama will attend and speak at the concluding “Concert for Hope.”  Patti LaBelle will sing. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will host. After the recent earthquake and the collapse of a crane, the cathedral has gone “on the road” and relocated its 9/11 events to a nearby synagogue and the Kennedy Center.  Controversy has surrounded the cathedral’s choice of spiritual representatives.

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Our Savior, the Democrats

What would Jesus do about the deficit?
Jun 13, 2011

Right after Easter, the irrepressible evangelical-left activist Jim Wallis of Sojourners magazine announced a new “spiritual battle” against cuts to sacred federal programs in the 2012 budget. Enlisting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Salvation Army, Wallis proclaimed their “Circle of Protection” around federal poverty programs.

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Moveon.org Gets Religion in Time for Easter

10:42 AM, Apr 23, 2011

Over two dozen Democratic members of Congress and Moveon.org have joined the religious left in a fast coinciding with Lent to protest federal budget cuts. Moveon.org executive director Justin Rubin announced earlier this month that he and other “progressive” groups were joining religious leaders to “protest the brutal and unjust budget cuts being debated in Washington.”

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