Eric Teetsel

Eric Teetsel is executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, a “call of Christian conscience” on life, marriage, and religious liberty founded by Charles W. Colson in 2009 and signed by hundreds of prominent Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical leaders and over 500,000 others. Learn more and add your name at

Eric is responsible for ensuring that the movement continues to inform the public debate over life, marriage, and religious freedom and serve the broader coalition of organizations working on these fundamental issues.

Eric gradutated from Wheaton College with a degree in Interpersonal Communication. Eric’s first career was in higher education administration. After earning a Master’s in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University, he joined the staff of Colorado Christian University. While at CCU, Eric served former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong and was given the opportunity to learn from notable thinkers, including Michael Novak. After two years, the opportunity to construct an innovative program at the American Enterprise Institute presented itself and Eric moved to Washington, D.C. The Values & Capitalism project is aimed at educating evangelical college students about the moral and material nature of the free enterprise system. While at AEI, Eric wrote regularly for the project’s blog.

Crushing Rocks


Ryan Anderson is a dangerous man.  So says the student body and administration of Stanford University, one of America’s “premiere” institutions of “higher education.” Anderson is one of a few intellectuals brave enough to make the case that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Though nationalized same-sex marriage by judicial fiat […]

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Church Orthodoxy Versus New Oprah-doxy


One day, I was explaining the tension between modernity and fidelity to orthodox Christianity and the implications of that discord to an intern. Nodding along, she interrupted my eloquent lecture: “Yeah, it’s like, we go to church, but we also watch The Daily Show.” Exactly. The troublesome relationship between Christianity and its cultural surroundings is […]

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The Gay Marriage Beauty Pageant


Have you ever felt like you were having one conversation while the person you were talking to is having a different one? If you’re married, the answer is probably yes. So it is with the debate in America over the meaning and purpose of marriage. Conservatives think they are in a boxing match; liberals understand […]

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Touré’s God and Mine


MSNBC host Touré (born Touré Neblett) used the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to tell the story of his abortion experience: I was in a committed relationship with a woman who I knew was just not “the one.” She also knew it probably wasn’t going to work out. And then she got […]

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Louie, Louie, Oh No


Noticeably absent from next week’s inaugural ceremonies will be evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, unceremoniously dumped from the dais when a liberal blog unearthed a sermon from last century in which Giglio preaches from the Bible about sex. (For a quick primer, see George Neumayr’s piece from Wednesday.) Under the Obama administration such beliefs disqualify one […]

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