Institute for Religious Research


Institute for Religious Research

The Institute for Religious Research is a United States Christian apologetics organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It declares itself to be a non-denominational, non-profit Christian foundation for the study of religious claims, [http://www.irr.org/about-us.html Introduction to Institute for Religious Research ] ] and was formerly known as Gospel Truths Ministries. IRR is a member of Evangelical Ministries to New Religions and was headed until his death in 2007 by Luke P. Wilson, whose articles on Mormonism have appeared in the Christian Research Institute’s CRI JOURNAL. [http://watch.pair.com/cult-emnr3.html Evangelical Ministries to New Religions - Part 3 ] ] Concurrent with the release of The DaVinci Code, the Baptist Press (Southern Baptist Convention) noted IRR's Ronald V. Huggins and his apologetic analysis of the film. [http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=19890 Baptist Press - FIRST-PERSON: Begin preparing for ‘The Da Vinci Code’ - News with a Christian Perspective ] ] In August 2008, IRR named Robert M. Bowman, Jr. as its new director.

Controversy and Mormonism

IRR was also noted by the Salt Lake Tribune for its documentary critique of the Book of Abraham, entitled "The Lost Book of Abraham: Investigating a Remarkable Mormon Claim". [ [http://www.bookofabraham.info/SLT%20Review.htm Salt Lake Tribune Review ] ] The Utah Daily Chronicle observed the absence of opportunity for LDS to respond in the film; [ [http://media.www.dailyutahchronicle.com/media/storage/paper244/news/2002/08/28/Feature/Matters.Of.Faith.New.Documentary.Questions.The.Authenticity.Of.Lds.Scripture-263614-page2.shtml Matters of Faith: New Documentary Questions the Authenticity of LDS Scripture - Feature ] ] additionally, the Deseret Morning News pointed out IRR's criticism of the efforts of Richard Mouw of Fuller Seminary to repent for the actions of evangelicals. [ [http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,600104625,00.html Deseret Morning News | Speaker's apology to LDS stirs up fuss ] ] A Mormon apologetics organization, the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies or FARMS, considered its publication "By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri" by Charles M. Larson to be a "deliberate deception." [ [http://www.lightplanet.com/response/BofAbraham/gee.html#note2 FARMS: Printer Friendly - By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: ] ]

External links

* [http://irr.org Home page of IRR]

References


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