Category: Embodiment

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Evangelicals are not modern gnostics. We’re materialists.

There’s a scene in HBO’s John Adams miniseries that remains one of the most succinct summaries of today’s defining cultural battle. The scene features the two guiding stars of the American founding, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The two friends are attending...

/ November 4, 2015
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The Strength of the Hills Is Not Ours–Our Modern Identity Crisis

Tolkien once remarked to me that the feeling about home must have been quite different in the days when the family had fed on the produce of the same few miles of country for six generations, and that perhaps this...

/ October 14, 2015

The Fatal Tensions of the Fight Churches

“It’s physics, basically.  You bend the guy the other direction than God intended.” Or so says Paul Burress, pastor of Victory Church and central character in Fight Church, the new documentary co-directed by Brian Storkel.  Like Holy Rollers, Storkel’s previous...

/ October 8, 2014

God Become Man: Toward a Richer Theology of the Incarnation

For He was made man that we might be made God; and He manifested Himself by a body that we might receive the idea of the unseen Father; and He endured the insolence of men that we might inherit immortality. —St....

/ March 25, 2014

Marijuana, Caffeine, and a Therapeutic Drug Culture

That’s the subject of my latest essay over at The Gospel Coalition.  Here’s my concluding paragraphs: Yet the more interesting cases come closer to us. Consider the interrelationship between caffeine and marijuana. On the one hand, many of us rely...

/ March 7, 2013

When Your Publisher stops Publishing Your Book: Earthen Vessels *Really* Cheap

Well, I don’t know exactly what to say about this so I’ll out with it:  18 months after releasing Earthen Vessels on the world, Bethany House has decided to stop selling printed copies it. The news took me by surprise and was...

/ December 10, 2012

In Awe of Bodies: How the Olympians Remind Us of Our Humanity

Editor’s Note:  John Dyer is the author of From the Garden to the City, an excellent book on Christianity and technology.  We are delighted to publish his reflection on Olympians and bodies.  From Embarrassment to Awe Passing a row of...

/ August 11, 2012
"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body."

“You Don’t Have a Soul”: C.S. Lewis Never Said It

Editor’s note:  Below is the definitive take-down of the idea that C.S. Lewis said that “You do not have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.”   In recent years, the attribution has taken on a life...

/ July 5, 2012
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An Aspen in a Forest of Pines: Thinking through Asexuality

Note from Matt: I first met Chris Krycho after he reviewed Earthen Vessels and proceeded to grill me about it.  He’s a thoughtful fellow and wrote the following.  As I had been planning on addressing the same piece soon, I...

/ April 18, 2012

What Robertson Means for Marriage

Part two of my thoughts on Robertson and marriage, over at the Washington Post. My basic argument there is that the reaction should be seen as a genuine sign of hope for evangelicals and Americans: Evangelicals are hardly a perfect...

/ September 16, 2011