I wrote several thousand words on Ross Douthat’s new book, Bad Religion, that ended up in my iMac’s trash bin. I felt my reactions to the book were either hazy or uninteresting, and, unfortunately, was too busy last week to spend enough time thinking about it. Now that’s it’s been widely reviewed, and [...]
I think Andrew Sullivan has some reading to do. I say this mostly in jest – I hope he doesn’t spend his blog hiatus reading these books. But short of an essay that responds to Sullivan’s understanding of Jesus, history, and liberal democracy, I thought I would offer up [...]
I haven’t had time to review Simon Critchley’s The Faith of the Faithless because I haven’t had time to finish reading it amid my endless cascade of texts and trying to read the prequel, Infinitely Demanding. I’m pretty confident, based on the first chapter and the strength of Infinitely Demanding, in [...]
How (Not) to Speak of Godby Pete Rollins. Paraclete, 2006, 144pp.
The Fidelity of Betrayal by Pete Rollins. Paraclete, 2008, 196pp.
The Orthodox Heretic by Pete Rollins. Paraclete, 2009, 184pp.
In reading various reviews and reflections on Robert Bellah’s latest tome, Religion and Human Evolution, I was reminded of some [...]
The Bible Made Impossible:Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith. Brazos, 2012, 256pp.
In The Bible Made Impossible Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith makes an impassioned argument for a move beyond evangelical biblicism and theological liberalism. Biblicism is a package of beliefs [...]
A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Shape the Common Good by Miroslav Volf. Brazos, 2011, 192pp.
Should religion be monitored in our politics through a separation between the public and private sphere? Is such a division even possible? Do liberal constitutional democracies depend on this division? [...]
I have a review at The Daily Beast of Fed Up!, Rick Perry’s policy book from last year. I argue that he seems to identify more with the anti-federalists, and the anti-federalist-placating bits of the federalists, than he does with actual federalism. You can check it out here if you feel inclined.
In his book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? John Fea explores the history of Christian nationalism, the relationship between Christianity and the American Revolution, and the beliefs of several of America’s founders. The most interesting [...]
In 1667 Richard Allestree, a prominent clergymen in the Church of England, wrote a lengthy work entitled The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety. As he surveyed the world around him, he was convinced [...]
Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays by Charles Taylor. Harvard, 2011, 424pp.
When faced with a difficulty or a problem we often attempt to take stock of our situation in order to come to a solution. But taking stock can itself be a complicated process, and there are many ways to disagree about how this [...]
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