Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, Providence.

Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia.

He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008; Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012; and The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War, published in 2015.

His articles about the political witness of America’s churches have appeared in The Wall Street JournalThe American SpectatorFirst ThingsPatheosWorldChristianity TodayThe Weekly StandardNational Review OnlineWashington ExaminerThe Review of Faith and International AffairsTouchstoneThe Chicago TribuneThe New York Post, and elsewhere.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markdtooley

Christianity’s Covert Success

British historian Tom Holland’s brilliant book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World describes the sometimes unrealized, even covertly…

Marksism | Episode 6: A 2020 and 1968 Comparison, Supreme Court Rulings, and Mainline Decline
Marksism | Episode 6: A 2020 and 1968 Comparison, Supreme Court Rulings, and Mainline Decline

In the sixth episode of Marksism series on June 26, 2020, editors Mark Tooley, Mark Melton, and Marc LiVecche speak…

Trashing Statues & US Principles

As mobs continue to topple, deface or threaten statues of Lincoln, Washington, Churchill, Gandhi, and Catholic saints, I interview Jarrett…

America amid Spiritual Anxiety: A Conversation with Joseph Bottum

Here’s my interview with Jody Bottum, author of An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America, who…

Marksism | Episode 5: A Discussion on Holland’s Dominion and More

Among other topics, Mark Tooley and Marc LiVecche discuss Tom Holland’s Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. Specifically,…

New Traditionalists

Here’s my interview with George Mason University political scientist Colin Dueck about the “new traditionalists” who are reshaping American conservatism,…

Recalling Human Folly

Monuments recalling human folly may be no less important than ones honoring heroic human action.

Marksism | Episode 4: Hope vs. Despair, Race Relations, Ongoing COVID-19, and More

In this week’s Marksism episode, the Providence editors discuss race relations, how COVID-19 is like a hurricane, nuclear weapons, hope…

Hope for Democracy

Amid pandemic & protests, there’s growing pessimism about democracy in America and around the world. So my interview with Nicole…

Peter Hitchens on “Satanic Optimism,” Etc.

British commentator author Peter Hitchens, in conversation with Mark Tooley, responds to critiques by “Providence” and speaks to wider historical moment of protests and iconoclasm.