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Senior Contributor Mark Tooley is president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, he worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Va. A lifelong United Methodist, he has been active in United Methodist renewal since 1988, when he wrote a study about denominational funding of pro-Marxist groups for his local congregation.

He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UMAction). He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008, and Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012.

His articles about the political witness of America’s churches have appeared in The Wall Street JournalThe American SpectatorFirst Things, PatheosWorldChristianity TodayThe Weekly StandardNational Review OnlineWashington ExaminerHuman EventsThe Washington TimesThe Review of Faith and International AffairsTouchstoneThe Chicago TribuneThe New York Post and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television.

Follow him on Twitter: @markdtooley.

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American history, Opinion, Religion | 2 weeks ago

Reagan’s Evangelism

Historian H.W. Brands’ new biography of Ronald Reagan is very good but conveys an incomplete impression about Reagan’s religious faith. Here’s a paragraph about Reagan supposedly failing to follow up about his dying father-in-law’s lack of faith: DURING REAGAN’S SECOND year…

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