All posts by Bill Melone

Bill Melone gardens, teaches, and writes in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter, @billmelone, or on Medium,

A Theology of Infertility

After years of secondary infertility, my wife and I discovered she was pregnant on Father’s Day of 2016. It was a stunning moment for us, a seemingly miraculous answer to prayers that we had mostly given up on. But three...

/ April 8, 2022

A Second Fundamentalism and the Butterfly of American Christianity

We live in a time of division, as many of us can wearily testify, but we also live in a time of disorientation. Navigating divisions can be challenging, but the challenge multiplies when we are disoriented, and that is a...

/ February 21, 2022

Fragility, Heroism, and the Conditions of Modern Masculinity

Near the end of the 2009 movie Zombieland, Woody Harrelson’s character shares his deep grief at losing his three-year-old son. Tallahassee, the gun-slinging warrior who kills zombies by opening his car door into their faces while driving, is distraught. A...

/ July 28, 2021

Cultural Assimilation and the Curious Cases of Jessica Krug and Rachel Dolezal

After Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, educator Jane Elliot held an experiment with her elementary school students that she called “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes.” The experiment became famous, and she repeated it for various audiences for years,...

/ June 17, 2021

Book Review: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

Racial injustice has become an unavoidable topic for American Christianity. It challenges all levels of relational unity, from large ecclesial networks to personal friendships. When relational unity is challenged and fractured, we naturally search for the source of the problem,...

/ August 25, 2020

The Tribe of Ishmael: Whiteness and Christian Identity

In 1889, an Indianapolis pastor named Oscar McCulloch gave a speech that empowered the development of eugenics in America. McCulloch had studied the Ishmaelites, a poor, white, extended family, and named his speech, “The Tribe of Ishmael: A Study in...

/ March 24, 2020