Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley has been president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy since 2009 and is one of Providence’s publishers. He is also the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church (2008) and The Peace That Almost Was (2015).

Easter & Christian Realism

Reinhold Niebuhr, an inspiration for this journal, was a Christian Realist who renounced Social Gospel utopianism in favor of firmly…

America’s Fabulous Achievements And Omar’s Embarrassing Performance

Many Omar supporters have joined in denouncing Abrams as an accomplice to “death squads and genocidal massacres” in Central America during the 1980s. These critics seem oddly uninterested in challenging the Venezuelan socialist dictatorship that is literally strangling a once prospering and free nation.

Betting on the Wrong Horse

Confessed Soviet spy Morton Sobell died in December, age 101. He was the last surviving major participant in the atomic…

Tyranny & Russian Orthodoxy

In the West, the church has often defined itself by defying the state. In the East, particularly Russia, the church…

Martin Luther King, America & the World
Martin Luther King as Icon of USA Democracy

(Mark Tooley shared these October 11, 2018, remarks at a conference at George Washington University on Martin Luther King Jr.’s…

America’s Walls & Biblical Walls

Amid debate and the ongoing federal government partial shutdown over funding for border security and wall construction, two very different…

Young Christians & America’s Global Role in 2019

During the Christmas season many inevitably again watched “It’s a Wonderful Life,” in which Jimmy Stewart as a suicidal George…

America’s Spirituality, Europe, and “White” America

As Americans become less demographically European, will American foreign policy focus less on traditional European allies?

On Lesbian Statecraft: A Critique of The Favourite

Modern dramas like The Favourite darkly portray statecraft as merely cynical self-serving manipulation. But governments, nations, and public officials are not outside God’s grace. They are, despite the rebellious spirits of this world, ultimately instruments of His providence. Queen Anne and the Marlboroughs likely knew their role in this celestial drama.

Depart from Me: Jonathan Merritt vs. Mark Tooley on Yemeni Civil War

I was left implicitly damned for suggesting the war in Yemen is complicated.