Alan F.H. Wisdom

Alan F.H. Wisdom is Vice President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and author of the monograph “Is Marriage Worth Defending?”

Pacifism and the Bin Laden Killing


The U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden presents a test case for the growing neo-pacifist wing of evangelical, oldline, and Roman Catholic Christianity. If the pacifists hold true to their convictions, then they must say that the strike against Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, cannot be justified. On the other hand, if […]

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Political Gaps Strain Churches


In a society already ideologically polarized, many believers go to church in hopes of a respite from conflict. But recent surveys show similar political disparities straining the Christian community. There are huge gaps in political affiliation between clergy and laity, especially in the oldline Protestant denominations. The divide between oldline and evangelical Protestant leaders remains […]

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Health Care: The Religious Question


It was inevitable that religious groups would be drawn into the fight over health care reform. Any proposal to restructure one-sixth of the U.S. economy is bound to affect almost every social institution, including religious institutions. In fact, these have a significant stake. The Catholic Church alone delivers $5.7 billion in health care annually through […]

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