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October 21, 2016
Where Did the Idea of Mary as “Ever-Virgin” Come From?
Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition both formally teach the doctrine of Mary as "ever-Virgin," meaning...
October 17, 2016
On the Origin of Modern Apologetics and the Loss of Mystery (via Charles Taylor)
Try this: Scan the Bible (in vain) for any sustained, intellectual interest in the so-called...
October 14, 2016
The Virtue Gap: Our Current Mess and the Church’s Place in it
This crazy election year has done at least one thing: It has raised to public...
October 12, 2016
The Evangelical Relationship With God, from an Anthropologist’s Point of View
The Evangelical experience is so fascinating that even anthropologists long to look into it. That's...
October 04, 2016
Hauerwas on the Political Task of the Church in America
What is the role of the church in the larger society? What does it mean...
October 03, 2016
If There’s a Future for Progressive Evangelicalism, it’s Somewhere in this Book
Evangelicalism is slowly changing. But you have to look very closely. That 'close looking' is...
September 26, 2016
From Skittles to Syrians and What the Trolley Problem Has to Do With it
What do Skittles have to do with Syrians, and with Trolleys? In my Ethics class...
September 22, 2016
How the Bible was Used to Justify Slavery and White Supremacy
In my Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism course today, we'll be talking about the history of slavery...
September 16, 2016
How Political Ads Manipulate Your Anxiety About Death
Advertisers know how to tap into our deepest anxieties. For better or worse, they know...
September 14, 2016
Did You Know that Evangelicals Were Feminists, Back in the Day?
Looking at what so often goes by the name "evangelical" or "evangelicalism" today, you would...
September 12, 2016
Why There’s No Such Thing as a “Permanent Text” of the Bible
It's often said that "all translations are interpretations." Scot McKnight draws our attention to the...
September 07, 2016
Christian Universalism or Eternal Judgment? The Bible’s Pros and Cons
One of the key turning points for me in my shift toward a more universalist...
September 06, 2016
A Brief, Liberal Definition of Public Theology (Via Schleiermacher)
My colleague shared a quote with me recently that is blog-post worthy. It encapsulates the...
September 05, 2016
Teaching About Death Anxiety in a Seminary Context: An Interview
Last Fall I taught a course called Death, Evil, and Alienation, at United Theological Seminary...
September 04, 2016
Why Democracy is Good Even Though it Still Sucks (Niebuhr’s “Christian Realism”)
Ever heard of "Christian realism"? The notion is attributed to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, whose writings...
September 01, 2016
Is a Cure for Alzheimer’s On its Way?
Huge news regarding the state of Alzheimer's research was just announced on the Telegraph's Science...
August 31, 2016
Why I’m a Christian Universalist in One, Simple Explanation.
For many years of my life, "universalism" (universal salvation) seemed like a bad word. It...
August 30, 2016
“It’s Never Been True that the Poor and Unemployed Do Nothing…”
I love this quote by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, from Multitude: War and Democracy...
August 23, 2016
Kierkegaard: “I Believe that We Will All Be Saved”
Following the death of Denmark's bishop Jacob Mynster, in 1854, Kierkegaard wrote this brief reflection:...
August 19, 2016
Isn’t There Such a Thing As “Loving Coercion?” A Question Posed to Tom Oord
Why Can't Love Be Coercive? I wrote a brief reflection recently, on Tom Oord's very...
August 15, 2016
How is Preaching the “Word of God”? Advice for Preachers, by Sam Chan
The following is an interview with Sam Chan (Ph.D., M.D.), an Aussie theologian, preacher, and...
August 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s Odds of Losing? Same as NFL Kicker Missing a Field Goal
The NY Times posted an interactive graph recently (updated today) suggesting that the probability of...
August 11, 2016
The Mantra “Conservative Theology Grows Churches” Doesn’t Work Anymore
I was raised conservative evangelical (Southern Baptist). I went to a conservative evangelical seminary. If...
August 05, 2016
Gravity CEO Dan Price, Symbolic Immortality, and Death Anxiety
Remember the big story last year about Dan Price, the millennial super-cool CEO of Gravity...
August 04, 2016
The 10 Most Influential Progressive and Spiritual Leaders in Education (Part 1)
Fall is just around the corner. "Back to school" specials are on the shelves. So...
July 29, 2016
On Mixing Religion and Politics: Post-Convention Edition
America is notoriously and incurably religious. And political. Most Americans, it seems, like our politics...
July 25, 2016
We Are Witnessing the End of Postmodernism and the Beginning of Post-Postmodernism
It's not a sexy title, but these aren't pretty times. For the past four or...
July 21, 2016
Kierkegaard, Unmasking the Illusion of Political Revolution
In contrast to the age of revolution, which took action, the present age is an...
July 19, 2016
The Positive Side of Plagiarism? One More, on Melania’s Speech
I'm late on the hot-take, but so it goes. I was glad to see this...
July 15, 2016
What Can Keep Our World From Imploding? (One Theologian’s Answer)
I just came across a great little book, called Political Theology: Contemporary Challenges and Directions....
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