Desperately Needed: New Relationship Scripts

My wonderful Patheos co-blogger Leah Libresco has recently been hosting a symposium of sorts on her blog on relationships, dating, and the "Nice Guy Problem." Here's the roundup.Man, are we in a bad way. Cultures have relationship scripts: i.e. memes or cultural stories that more-or-less dictate how relationships work. The script doesn't mean that everybody follows it, but it tells us what to expect, and what is culturally expected of us. For many centuries, we had the more-or-less arranged … [Read more...]

Book Review: Richard Bauckham, “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses”

A number of prominent Bible scholars believe that Richard Bauckham's book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses just might be the most important book of New Testament scholarship in many decades--the kind of paradigm-shifting work that will be ignored by most current scholars and only taken up by a new generation, as science advances "one funeral at a time".In a word, the book argues that the Gospels are books of oral history; in other words, that they are based on the direct accounts of specific, … [Read more...]

What Should Abortion Penalties Be?

My fellow Catholic Patheosi Kyle Cupp says that pro-lifers should not be vague about the penalties for abortion that they envisage. This is obviously a fair question to ask.Before I answer the question, I would say a couple things by way of prolegomena.The first is that in the United States, the road to a pro-life policy (even just a pro-life possibility) goes through the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Overturning Roe v. Wade would not mean making abortion illegal, but rather, return the iss … [Read more...]

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

"My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking." - Ferdinand Foch In the Roman Empire, when a new Emperor was appointed (or seized power), heralds would fan out on those well-maintained Roman roads and announce it to all the Empire, to all the civilized world. And in the East, where Greek was spoken, this is how they would do it: they would stand up, and they would say: Here is the euangelion, the good news! The world has a new kyrios, a new Lord, Insert N … [Read more...]

Once More On Same-Sex Marriage


Over at The Week, I wrote a post arguing that most Christians will continue to believe that same-sex marriage is wrong, because sexual complementarity is an important part of the faith. My view was not to advocate for a particular position, but rather to argue for pacifying by seeking to explain why most Christians wouldn't give up on it.I just want to point to a couple fair-minded and intelligent responses, and say a few things in response to them--again, more in a spirit of explication th … [Read more...]