February 25, 2019

Jonathan Malesic‘s stunning reflection on life with the monks of New Mexico’s Monastery of Christ in the Desert crystallizes the problem of Americans and work. When Malesic goes out into the wilderness to spend a few days with the Benedictines, he knows he might encounter demons. He remembers that Desert Father and third-century monk St. Antony “said that if you go to the desert but don’t renounce all the things of this  world, the demons will tear at your soul in… Read more

February 22, 2019

If you shine powerful flashlights into the more benighted corners of university humanities departments, you can probably find people who still believe that Christianity historically opposed scientific inquiry, and actually held back human progress. This myth found eloquent expression some years ago in a Family Guy episode in which Baby Stewie and Brian the dog visit a hyper-advanced technological civilization. This proves to be the alternate world that would have existed in our own time if Christianity had failed, and… Read more

February 21, 2019

This past week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Randal Maurice Jelks, Professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, to discuss his new book Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, and Muhammad Ali (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). The book offers a fascinating look into the religious lives of four individuals, and Jelks also weaves his own religious narrative in and out… Read more

February 20, 2019

My husband, however, is definitely right. He suggested I explain two things before I continue my series. First, I need to clarify patriarchy. Second, I need to talk about Paul. A recent social media conversation underscored the importance of doing this. After reading a posting of my first  Disrupting Christian Patriarchy blog, Facebook commentators suggested I stop “name calling” (my use of the term Christian patriarchy) and quickly dismissed my arguments by quoting Paul’s words from 1 Timothy and Ephesians (women be… Read more

February 19, 2019

In the 17th century, Galileo argued that faith and science answered different questions using different sources. Has his model stood the test of time? Read more

February 18, 2019

I have written a lot through the years about Christian origins and their Jewish background, mainly in my 2017 book Crucible of Faith. In writing that work I came across what seems to me a really intriguing aspect of the history, and one that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Not just once in history, but twice, Jewish temples stood in the land of Egypt. One was at Elephantine, in the fifth century BC, and quite a bit has been… Read more

February 15, 2019

I have strong prejudices concerning matters of immigration. I am an immigrant to the US, as is my wife. As immigration is such a lively topic of debate right now, I have some basic questions on which I would like advice and suggestions. Briefly – what should Christians think about immigration, and about the very existence of borders? Over the past couple of years, a glance at most religious publications presents certain common themes about the proper attitude to immigration… Read more

February 14, 2019

Over the past two decades, many public and quasi-private institutions of higher education have stripped evangelical organizations of recognition and denied them access to student organization funds and campus space. (I say “quasi-private,” because nearly all private colleges and universities rely heavily on federal funds for aspects of their operations). For the most part, university administrators — and sometimes aggrieved students — have taken issue with organizations that restrict leadership positions to students willing to sign a statement of Christian… Read more

February 13, 2019

How a Korean Christian’s encounter with racial segregation soured him on America Read more

February 12, 2019

Meet Frank Buchman, whose Moral Re-Armament movement was endorsed by political and economic leaders, even as critics deemed it naive, or even cult-like. Read more

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