Shari‘ati on the Ideal Man

Ideal man passes through the very midst of nature and comes to understand God; he seeks out mankind and thus attains God. He does not bypass nature and turn his back on mankind. He holds the sword of ...

Theodicky

Maybe God isn’t dead. Maybe he’s just going deaf. Maybe he’s totally deaf in one ear, and partially deaf in the other. It’s understandable. He is getting to be a little ancient of days anymore...

On Getting Saved

Somebody asked me today, “What are we exactly saved from and what does the death and resurrection of Jesus mean in relationship to that?” This is a significant question. Evangelicalism pre...

Christianity Is Inherently Violent

All Christians are white supremacists. They’re also all Spanish inquisitors. They all believe the world is six thousand years old. They all believe that women have no right to teach theology to men....

Maranatha and Other Millenarian Mantras

In his seminal volume, Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet, Dale C. Allison argues (as I have here and here) that Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet who believed that a final judgment of humankind an...

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/...

The Function of Church Unity

The internal unity of a Christian church can be attained or maintained today only by minimizing and playing down the radical historical oppositions that divide its members. In other words, one must pa...

Torture and Eucharist

I’ve been asked by a partner in resistance over at Death and the Maiden to write my thoughts on the ethical status of torture. Specifically, I’ve been asked to answer two questions: 1) What is tor...