Category: Anthropology

Suggest My Book’s Title, Win Fame and Glory (in Heaven)

My last plea for help on this book was so successful, and shaped so much of my thinking about the direction my book is going in, that I thought I’d put out a request for even more help. I don’t...

/ May 26, 2010

Weekend Edification: What Christianity Teaches about the Body

One of the most interesting side-projects I’ve been working on during my research has been trying to find evangelicals who address the body specifically. That it has proved mildly challenging isn’t a condemnation of evangelicalism per se–the sort of direct...

/ April 30, 2010

What Children in the Womb Know

Boing Boing has a helpful write-up of what, and how, infants in the womb know about the world.  Here are two of the highlights: “They can tell the difference between dim and very dim. That’s what they’d see if mom...

/ April 12, 2010

God and the Body at Newsweek

Lisa Miller has a new book out on heaven, and while I haven’t read it yet, the excerpt at Newsweek is intriguing. Miller highlights the paradox of believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which she claims “has strained the...

/ April 8, 2010

Questioning the Body: A Plea for Help

Writing a book is a community project. It’s been almost 10 weeks since I announced that I had signed the contract. During that time I’ve read through some 35 books on the topic.  My mother has spent long hours researching...

/ March 16, 2010

On Lent and Hard Times: An Introduction

February 17th is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Around this time last year I wrote a reflection on fasting as it is portrayed in Isaiah, wondering at the nature of a true fast. I think it’s sort...

/ February 9, 2010

Jesus is a Warrior, but not a Cagefighter

Son of God. Prince of Peace. Son of Man. Cagefighter? While the first three masculine titles given to our Lord Jesus are biblical and sufficient enough to express the wonder of Jesus, the last title seems to be ever-more increasingly...

/ February 3, 2010

God of the Body/Soul Gap

I’m generally sympathetic to Robert Gundry’s helpful explication of the role of the body in Biblical theology.  His careful exegetical work foreshadowed John Cooper’s conclusions in Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting:  the anthropology of Scripture points toward something like a...

/ January 31, 2010

Truth Comes in A Body: Andy Crouch on the Incarnation

Andy Crouch is really smart.  He’s written one of the most important books on evangelicals relationship to culture in the last 20 years.  And he’s always doing interesting things. So I’m not surprised to hear him wax eloquent on a...

/ January 17, 2010

Bodies, Souls, and the Bible: The Frequency Test

If Peter Leithart’s latest writings are any indication, he’s working on an essay or a book on the meaning of embodiment.  Which would be fantastic.  The topic is going to be increasingly popular as more work like Professor Smith’s infiltrate...

/ January 14, 2010