Joseph: The First Socialist Dictator

One of the greatest enemies Judaism and Christianity have ever known has undoubtedly been socialism. Socialism threatens the very moral fabric of our society. It oppresses the masses with heavy taxati...

Don’t Shed a Tear for Me

When and if I arrive at heaven’s gates, I will have so many questions prior to entry that I can imagine the other tired and weary souls in line behind me will undoubtedly become irritated. I will as...

Subverting the Sacred

Introduction After briefly situating sociologist and theologian Ali Shariʿati historically and geopolitically within the context of pre-revolutionary Iran in the 1960s and 70s, this paper will procee...

The Prodigal Son

Sundays when I was little, our beleaguered mother—divorced, in school, raising three kids—put us on the church bus, put a roast in the crock pot, and settled in for a couple of hours of respite. S...

Living on Hope While Living in Babylon

Living on Hope While Living in Babylon: The Christian Anarchists of the 20th Century by Tripp York Wipf and Stock / $17.00 US (list) [Amazon] [Wipf and Stock] The publication of Tripp York’s Livi...

Was Adam Smith the Anti-Capitalist?

The American Churches of Laissez-Faire Capitalism (typified in denominations like AIG, Blackwater, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Exxon, Enron, Monsanto, and Wal-Mart, indebted to the teachings of the prophe...

Subverting the Voting Rite

My friend Michael DeFazio and I have been having a discussion on the significance of voting here in the U.S. This is a big issue for Christian pacifists, usually influenced by strands of Yoderian and/...

Marcuse on Obscenity

From Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation (Boston: Beacon, 1969) pp. 7-8: This [affluent] society is obscene in producing and indecently exposing a stifling abundance of wares while depriving its v...