All posts by Guest Writer

Ten Fun Things to Do This Summer Other Than Go to War with Iran

By Susannah Black, Christian Young, and Jake Meador Looking for some creative summer weekend plans and keep coming back to the possibility of military intervention in Iran? Before you pencil that in, consider these less-expensive alternatives that are just as...

/ June 26, 2019

Political Theology in an Age of Discontent

By Jonathan Cole (This piece is the introduction to his new book Christian Political Theology in an Age of Discontent) Anarchist political philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon memorably defined theology as “the science of the infinitely absurd.”[1] Proudhon, who made this remark in...

/ June 13, 2019

The War of All Against One: Why Christians Should Not Be Populists

By Justin Hawkins (Presented for Delivery at the 2019 Henry Institute Symposium on Christianity and Politics, Calvin College, April 26, 2019)

/ June 12, 2019

Against An Economy Financed by Human Bodies

By Andreas Vesalius During my teenage years, I experienced periods of intense disdain for my physicality. In becoming fully aware of my sexuality and my existence as a sexual being, I came to oppose such an existence. I envied the...

/ June 6, 2019

A Review of Walter Strickland’s “Liberation and Black Theological Method”

By Matthew Emerson Walter R. Strickland II. “Liberation and Black Theological Method: A Historical Analysis.” Ph.D. Diss: University of Aberdeen, 2017. Summary Despite common historical pressures that gave rise to its distinctive tasks and goals, Black Theology is not a...

/ June 4, 2019

On Fearing Eternity and Being at Home on Earth

By Gary Benton My hands gripped the pew before me so tightly they ached, as if caught in an over-wrought handshake. I drew in quick, sharp breaths. Though I was careful to keep my head still, my eyes darted wildly...

/ May 29, 2019

Israel Folau, Submitting to Masters, and the Modern Corporation

By Simon Kennedy The current saga involving Australian rugby star, Israel Folau, is a high-profile incubator case for civil liberties in Australia. Folau, like others for him, is facing a threat to his livelihood because of publicly expressing his religious...

/ May 24, 2019

A Review of the Missouri Presbytery’s Statement on “Homosexuality and the Gospel of Grace”

By Steven Wedgeworth The Presbyterian Church in America’s annual General Assembly is quickly approaching, and at least 8 of the overtures that have been submitted concern sexual identity and LGBT ministry in the church. There is also an overture to...

/ May 22, 2019

On Being a Church for the Weak

By Matthew LaPine “How many BTU’s you rocking?” my co-worker ribbed on my boss’s deck. For a mid-2007 loan officer success was partly measured in British Thermal Units (the performance measure for gas grilling). The grill, the plasma, and the...

/ May 21, 2019

The Radicalization of John Avery Whittaker

By Matthew Loftus, Christian Young, and Jake Meador In the aftermath of Tyler Huckabee’s investigation into the current status of one John Avery Whittaker, former resident of Odyssey and purveyor of Whit’s End, we the writers of Mere Orthodoxy have...

/ May 20, 2019