Would a Clone Have a Soul?

I was first asked this question many years ago. I’ve revisited it Monday and Tuesday in a post for Biologos.org. The question gets at the basic nature of human identity and personality. As people we perceive ourselves as more than our bodies and brains; what we think and believe extends beyond our neurons and synapses. [Read More...]

Kierkegaard and the Modern Theology Cocktail Party

Tomorrow I make my way to Copenhagen to participate in a conference at the University of Copenhagen’s Kierkegaard Research Centre. The conference is titled: “Kierkegaard Sources and Reception: The State of Kierkegaard Studies Today.” (click the link to view the schedule). The occasion of the conference is to celebrate the 2/3 completion of a massive [Read More...]

Get a Face

“Why am I here?” asks Wang-mu, one of Orson Scott Card’s characters in Children of the Mind. It’s a question worthy of every infatuation. She answers with a healthy dose of self-suspicion and finds beneath her messy hunger a call to something greater. “I’m no part of any of these events. There is nothing of [Read More...]

A New Barth Book is On the Way

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the publication of a new book on Barth and evangelicalism, co-edited by Christian Collins Winn (my friend and colleague here at Bethel) and John Drury. My contribution is on the connection between Barth and the Missional Church around the theme of “witness.” The publication date hasn’t been released yet, but Christian [Read More...]

Vessel Characters: Pipe, Katniss Everdeen, Jesus

“Think of yourself as a pipe,” suggests M. Robert Mulholland. At one end of your pipe is a flange specifically designed for loving union with God. The other end of your pipe has a flange specifically designed for loving service for others. When the connection is made at both ends of your pipe, then the [Read More...]

Kierkegaard on the Atonement: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

In Practice in Christianity, Kierkegaard writes this: Let us look at him and his life; let us speak altogether humanly about it; he was, after all, truly human. He began his life in lowliness, led his life in lowliness and abasement to the very end, then ascended on high–what does this mean? It means that temporality in [Read More...]

A Very Difficult Teaching

Jesus deliberately stays silent before Pilate and brings Isaiah to fulfillment. When he finally speaks from the cross he speaks from the Psalms of lament. God stays silent and allows the evil, further prodding skeptics to malign a heavenly Father who would commit what looks like savage child abandonment and abuse. However, in the mystery [Read More...]

Who Do People Say That I Am?

I came across a fascinating, and disturbing, retelling of the 1993 Waco debacle written by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. Remember Waco? The FBI fatally stormed a compound occupied by a religious cult called the Branch Davidians led by a crazy man named David Koresh. Gladwell based his article in The New Yorker on a recent [Read More...]

The Goldfinch

Just finished Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It’s the story of young boy’s coming of age after his mother dies tragically and he finds himself in possession of a masterpiece–an obsession not unlike that induced by “the precious” in the Lord of the Rings. Tartt’s writing is vivid and flourishing, at times over the top, especially given [Read More...]


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