Guest Post: Advice to Christian Theologians

March 8, 2021
To be asked to advise anyone with the ambition to be a theologian in the Christian tradition is not a happy assignment. To be called to do theology is a happy calling but given the current institutional realities it is not going to be easy to do theology well.
May 10, 2021

Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen: Another Look

Creative individuals in every era have produced works that inspire and provoke their fellow citizens, challenging them to both confront distorted realities and reimagine better lives. Artifacts that have stood…
January 15, 2021

The Promise of Mimetic Theory as an Interdisciplinary Paradigm for Christian Scholars

This introduction gives an overview of mimetic theory’s three core ideas as first formulated in the work of René Girard, its general reception in the academy, and its close connection to Christianity.…
January 15, 2021

Between the Gospel and Myth: The Biblical Critique of Persecution in Cane, Sanctuary, and Beloved

The Bible, in René Girard’s reading, reveals the violent foundations of social order and critiques the scapegoat mechanism used to transform the conflictual mimesis of human culture into unanimous arbitrary…

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May 10, 2021

Psalm 8 includes Computers

The moon and stars, flocks and herds, wild animals, birds and fish. Psalm 8 lists each of these as part of God’s creation. But how do computers fit into creation?…
May 7, 2021

The Tragic Academic Neglect of Mothers’ Impact: And a Christian Remembrance and Call for Change

We cannot count on academics to study the most important realities in our lives (versus the latest academic fad). Motherhood is one of those important realities. Noble Laureate and University…
May 6, 2021

Prostitution and the Limits of Economic Reasoning

In my capacity as host of the podcast Faithful Economy, I recently had the opportunity to interview Scott Cunningham, an economist at Baylor, about his work related to markets for…
May 5, 2021

Helping Students to Help Humanity: An Interview with Sarah Dawn Petrin

I am pleased to share this interview with Sarah Dawn Petrin, a Gordon University alumna with an illustrious career as a humanitarian in more than 20 countries with the United…
May 4, 2021

Which Student Struggles Do We Help to Create?

By Crystal Bruxvoort, Davi Chang Ribeiro Lin, Olga Nakato Mugerwa, and David I. Smith Early in his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer comments that “we belong to one another only…
May 3, 2021

The Emergence of Remix Culture

From Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self to Kristen DuMez’s Jesus and John Wayne, from Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood to Andrew Whitehead…
April 30, 2021

Choosing How to Explain The Choice A Virus Makes

In the preface of his book, A Genetic Switch, famed molecular biologist Mark Ptashne writes regarding his beloved virus, named lambda, “The lambda life cycle is a paradigm for this…
April 29, 2021

Obscurity: On Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (usually just called Caravaggio) was always hiding. He left his family home at age 13, an orphan hiding from sorrow. At 21 he wounded a police…


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