Institute for Religious Research

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Not to be confused with Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religious Research.

The Institute for Religious Research is a United States Christian apologetics organization based in Cedar Springs, Michigan. It declares itself to be a non-denominational, non-profit Christian foundation for the study of religious claims,[1] and was formerly known as Gospel Truths Ministries.[2] IRR is a member of Evangelical Ministries to New Religions and was headed by Luke P. Wilson[2] until his death in 2007.[1] Concurrent with the release of The DaVinci Code, the Baptist Press noted IRR's Ronald V. Huggins and his apologetic analysis of the film.[3] IRR's current staff includes Robert M. Bowman Jr., executive director, and Joel Groat, ministry director (specializing in Latin America).

Controversy and Mormonism[edit]

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".[4] The University of Utah's student newspaper observed the absence of opportunity for LDS to respond in the film;[5] additionally, the Deseret News pointed out IRR's criticism of the efforts of Richard Mouw of Fuller Seminary to repent for the actions of evangelicals.[6] In an article for a journal published by Brigham Young University's Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, John Gee considered IRR's publication By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri by Charles M. Larson to be a "deliberate deception".[7]


  1. ^ a b "Who We Are: The People of IRR and What We Are All About",, Institute for Religious Research, retrieved 2014-02-03 
  2. ^ a b "Missions: Gospel Truths Ministries",, Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, Rockford, MI, archived from the original on 2001-01-18  |contribution= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Boatwright, Phil (January 12, 2005). "FIRST-PERSON: Begin preparing for 'The Da Vinci Code'". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. 
  4. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (August 8, 2002). "Film Challenges LDS Translation". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. E5. Article Archive ID: 100E47F89C27BAB3 (NewsBank). 
  5. ^ Winstead, Chris (August 28, 2002). "Matters of Faith: New Documentary Questions the Authenticity of LDS Scripture". The Daily Utah Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Moore, Carrie A. (January 15, 2005). "Speaker's apology to LDS stirs up fuss". Deseret News. 
  7. ^ Gee, John (1992). "A Tragedy of Errors". Review of Books on the Book of Mormon. Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, Brigham Young University. 4 (1): 93–119. 

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