To Doctorates Outside the Academy: I Need Your Help

So allow me to do a little crowd-sourcing here. I’m speaking on a panel this Friday at the regional AAR meeting, on the topic, “What Else? All the Ways to use a Ph.D.” I’d be very interested in hearing from anyone who is using their Ph.D. in religious studies, theology, ethics, biblical studies, etc., outside [Read More...]

The Church of the Poor and the Humble, People’s Pope

When Pope Francis I declared, in his introductory sermon, that the Catholic Church would be a church, not just for the poor, but of the poor, I wondered how this could be possible. I’ve read enough of Jon Sobrino, the remarkable El Savadoran liberation theologian, to know of the powerful reformational, justice-oriented strain within the Catholic [Read More...]

Relax, People: “The World is Not Ours to Save”

What are we going to do about all those fired-up youngsters who are running around trying to save the world (and acting like they have only four minutes to do it)? There has been a sea-change in the church. Like so often happens, Christianity seems to be swinging over to a concern with social justice [Read More...]

Holy Spirit Conference

I’m heading tomorrow to Regent University for a conference on “The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life,” hosted by the Divinity School’s Center for Renewal Studies. It looks to be a very good conference lineup, with topics including Aquinas on the Affections, Hugh of St. Victor on the gifts of the Spirit, Monasticism, Kierkegaard, and [Read More...]

The IOC is Giving Up Wrestling for Lent

Cutting the oldest Olympic sport from the Olympics is a bad idea. But that’s exactly what the IOC is proposing for 2020. Once it is out of the olympics (to make room for modern pentathalon, wakeboarding, wushu and a few others).  I’ve got nothing against those sports (I don’t know what some of them are), [Read More...]

Anyone Can Change: A Westboro Baptist Defector Proves it

Anyone familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS (and who isn’t?), knows that they are synonymous, in public perception, with their “God Hates Fags” protests. They are a public nuisance, a blight on Christianity’s witness to society, and filled with hate. They are firmly entrenched in their insipid theology of hate and fear, [Read More...]

The Secret of the End Times in Matthew’s Gospel

Everybody wants to know the secret of the end times. John P. Meier, in his commentary on Matthew, suggests that the “secret” is given in Matt. 11:27: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to [Read More...]

The End of Evil and Escape from Planet Earth

On the plane today I was reading Marjorie Suchocki’s The End of Evil. A friendly flight attendant, while pouring my coffee, noticed the book title. “The end of evil?” she said. Do you think there’s going to be an end to evil? “Well…yes…I believe that. I certainly hope for it,” I responded (probably with a measured academic [Read More...]

A Murderous Monster’s Weapons Stash

How easy is it for an average citizen to acquire an arsenal of assault rifles and high powered hand guns in our country? So easy, even a convicted murderer who has been institutionalized for insanity can acquire a weapons permit, and then collect a stash of them (see the pic) over a period of years. [Read More...]

Manti Te’o and the Construction of Identity in the Digital Age

Many are waiting with anticipation to hear from Manti Te’o either an explanation or a confession–or perhaps a bit of both. Is he a victim or a perpetrator of a national hoax? Was he drawn into a relationship with a phantom–an avatar playing a role–or did he construct a false relationship in order to further [Read More...]


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