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...

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/...

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...

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...