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Faith Lost and Found in “Ad Astra”

In his 2006 Wired essay, “The Church of the Non-Believers,” journalist Gary Wolf coined the term “New Atheists” to describe the intellectual movement inaugurated by a quartet of thinkers who pressed for a militant revival of Neo-Darwinism in the wake...

/ February 9, 2021

Called to Judgment: A Critical Review of “Fratelli Tutti”

Like a prophetic denunciation from the days of ancient Israel, the Covid-19 pandemic has come upon our self-absorbed and decadent civilization like a bolt from the blue, throwing into sharp relief the follies and fault-lines in our moral thinking and...

/ February 9, 2021

From Death to Life: A Theological Reflection on Marilynne Robinson’s Jack

In one sense, Marilynne Robinson’s Jack is a simple love story, one complicated by the harsh realities of Jim Crow, but still at bottom the beautifully quaint tale of how Jack Boughton and Della Miles met and fell in love...

/ February 4, 2021

Tuning is for Killjoys

More than ever, we need a subversive history of music. We need it both to subvert the staid accounts that misrepresent the past as well as to grasp the subversive quality inherent in these catalytic sounds in our own time....

/ February 3, 2021

Critical Race Theory Isn’t a Threat for Presbyterians

The broader evangelical world is currently in turmoil over how to evaluate Critical Race Theory. In fact, six Southern Baptist seminary presidents signed a statement declaring Critical Race Theory to be incompatible to the non-binding doctrinal standards of their denomination.

/ February 3, 2021

That Others May Live: Fetal Cell Lines and Vaccine Production

The world breathed a collective sigh of relief at news that multiple vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 were found to be effective. No sooner had this news reached us before there was a moral greaseball gumming up...

/ January 29, 2021

From the Ashes

Despite formidable remnants of power, the western late-modern system and its globally imperial philosophies are collapsing under the weight of their internal inconsistencies and increasingly visible external shortcomings. For evidence of our collectively culpable failure, one need only look to...

/ January 28, 2021

Missing the Subtler Yet Greater Problem: Replying to “Jesus and John Wayne”

Author’s Note I wrote and submitted this essay in advance of the January 6th events at the Capitol. Since then there has been a deluge of think-pieces and journalistic treatments of the events and the role “evangelicals” had in them....

/ January 27, 2021

A Homegrown Christian Insurgency

We’re living between the times. We’re in the territory of the “already, but not yet.” Is the kingdom of insurgency at hand?

/ January 26, 2021

Accusations Aren’t Evidence: Responding to “Jesus and John Wayne”

Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Revelation” begins with a holier-than-thou character having a book, along with her sin, thrown in her face. She returns home with a bruised face and bruised pride to reflect on her sins. For many of us,...

/ January 26, 2021