Category: Embodiment

Comparing Covers: What Earthen Vessels Means

My brother closes off some overly kind words with this: If we judge the book by its handsome cover, the potential audience for Earthen Vessels is composed of evangelical Christians, theologians, philosophers, various other assorted intellectual types, and, quite possibly, highly...

/ December 21, 2010

Christianity and Hellenism, Part 3 of 3: On Human Nature

One of the theological areas most likely to raise questions about the relationship between historical Christian teaching and Greek (especially Platonic) thought is that of human nature. Especially with regard to two related subjects:  the relationship between body and soul,...

/ December 11, 2010

Carrying the Fallen

Three American flags draped the coffins lying on the cargo floor of my C-17.  It was only three hours earlier that I had received a phone call informing me that my crew was to fly from Europe to America; no...

/ July 6, 2010

Arguing with George William Curtis

I’d never heard of George William Curtis before this past Saturday. A quote of his popped up on my friend’s facebook wall, in what I assume to be a strange way of pepping himself up for the US/Ghana World Cup...

/ June 27, 2010

Gender and the Body – How did we get here?

One of my old professors was fond of saying that in his class we take the first several weeks to chuck a whole bunch of balls in the air and we then spend the rest of the semester learning to...

/ June 24, 2010

Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and the Abortion Debate or Why You Should Buy Matt’s Book

In Michel Foucault’s book Discipline and Punish he argues that over the past 200 years the emphasis of western justice has shifted from punishing the body to punishing the soul. To support this he cites a number of shifts in...

/ June 17, 2010

Sarah Coakley Reads Descartes

And is awfully kind. “Again, and on another point raised by the critics, the relation of soul and body in Descartes is often badly misunderstood.  There is indeed a most radical distinction between them, the distinction between the material and...

/ June 5, 2010

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