Welcome to the Research Institute of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. We have assembled some of the most gifted Southern Baptist thinkers from churches, seminaries, colleges, and various other institutions to help us speak to the great moral questions facing Christians today. Our task is not to theorize on how many angels can sit on the head of a pin, as helpful as such an answer might be. Our task is to bring God’s truth to bear on the commands of authorities, the denials of skeptics, the expectations of co-workers, the pressure of peers, and the lusts of the flesh. Equipped in such a way, Christians standing at the intersection of faith and culture will have the relevant truths applied in a compelling, engaging, clear explanation of what God would have them know and do at that moment of their own challenge.

The aim of the Research Institute is to be a catalyst to connect the agenda of the gospel to the complex questions of the day—and to do so at the highest levels of academic scholarship for the good of local congregations. I, along with the ERLC's President, Dr. Russell Moore, am thrilled to get to work together with this exceptionally gifted band of scholars and leaders as we seek to be a persuasive, prophetic witness engaging the academy and equipping the church.

Blessings in the Lord,

Barrett Duke, Ph.D.