Inequality, Prosperity and the Christian: The Problem and Solution of Diversity

I just finished reading this book (The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality by Oded Galor). Lots of interesting ideas in it to ponder. One interesting idea that it raises has to do with the tendency to look at the journey of humanity as a progression from less prosperity to more prosperity.Continue reading “Inequality, Prosperity and the Christian: The Problem and Solution of Diversity”

Thinking Well in an Ideological Age

An artiicle on the dangers of ideology and learning to think well. “We live in an age of ideology. The world is complex and hard to understand, so we look for a theory that can help make sense of things. This is understandable. Throughout history, people made sense of the world through cultural and religiousContinue reading “Thinking Well in an Ideological Age”

The Power of Narrative Theology

I’ve been asked a few times in groups I’m a part of and in person and elsewhere what my theological association/disposition is. My answer is often a mesh of Traditions. However, one leading answer I often give is that I adhere to a form of covenant theology. Just not the sort of covenant theology youContinue reading “The Power of Narrative Theology”

The Law as Love and the Law as Rule: Making Sense of the Particular Through the Universal

I always love the Office of Rabbi Sacks, but every once in a while an episode hits extra hard. This is one case. The episode (which is also available in text form in the link) is talking about the Law within Judaism, and more specifically this verse: Be very vigilant to keep the commandments ofContinue reading “The Law as Love and the Law as Rule: Making Sense of the Particular Through the Universal”

Ceasing to Understand the World: Making Sense of the World as That Which is Defined By Potential

A few quotes snapshoted below from a book I just finished called When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut I thought it offered some compelling thoughts regarding the sort of dualism that crept into the scientific revolution, the tension that exists in keeping the material and the immaterial together as we observeContinue reading “Ceasing to Understand the World: Making Sense of the World as That Which is Defined By Potential”

Rethinking Salvation With Matthew Bates

Rethinking salvation with Matthew Bates. A couple quotes I thought were worthwhile: “The movement from outward to inward rapidly accelerated with Saint Augustine (354–430). Augustine’s infinitely influential views on faith informed the medieval Catholic synthesis, as well as the Protestant Reformers. Faith became more introspective, psychological, emotive, and passive (or receptive) than is encouraged byContinue reading “Rethinking Salvation With Matthew Bates”

In the Mouth of Madness and V.A. Schwabs Gallant: A Conversation

Wrote a piece for the Fear of discussing afterthoughts from an episode on In the Mouth of Madness in conversation with V.E. Schwab’s book Gallant. Written piece is available here “Some people are repelled by darkness. Others are drawn to it, to the static crackle of power in a place. To the hum of magic,Continue reading “In the Mouth of Madness and V.A. Schwabs Gallant: A Conversation”

Rethinking Sacrifice and The Practice of Biblical Atonement

A central thesis of the book The Sacrifice of Jesus: Understanding Atonement Biblically by Christian Eberhart is the idea that we, predomonatly in the Protestant west, have reduced the sacrificial system to mean and represent two things- blood and necessary death. When in fact the sacrificial system reflects a much broader liturgy that isn’t aboutContinue reading “Rethinking Sacrifice and The Practice of Biblical Atonement”

The Law, The Women, and the Revolutionary Spirit of Numbers 27

Numbers 27:3-73 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. 4 Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.” 5 SoContinue reading “The Law, The Women, and the Revolutionary Spirit of Numbers 27”