Category Archives: Ethics

The Virtues of Dominion

In response to Aaron Renn’s recent conversation starter over on the Theopolis blog, I’ve written on the subject of what is missing in many Christian approaches to masculinity. What the manosphere and others of the teachers that Renn identifies recognize … Continue reading

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The Christian Art of Dying Well

A piece of mine has just been posted over on the Theopolis Institute blog, in which I respond to Kimbell Kornu’s conversation-starting essay, The Nihilism of Modern Medicine. Modernity, however, lacks the capacity successfully to reckon either with life or with death. When life … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Folly in Christian Responses to Coronavirus

In observing Christian responses to the coronavirus, perhaps nothing has stood out to me so much as the way that it reveals fundamental habits of mind, either characteristic of wisdom or of folly. The wisdom literature is often rather neglected … Continue reading

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True Ritual Versus Hypocritical Religiosity

A piece of mine has just been published over on the Political Theology site: The temptation to put faith in religiosity, to employ religious ceremonies and rituals as akin to compensatory ‘moral offsets’ for our godless, oppressive, and unjust behavior … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Culture, Ethics, Genesis, Guest Post, Isaiah, OT, OT Theology, Politics, Theological, Worship | 1 Comment

Welcoming the Stranger: A Final Immigration Response

My final response in the Theopolis conversation on immigration has just been published here. We beware of treating the condition of the uprooted immigrant as paradigmatic. As Christians, who are committed to the universal value of Christ, we can easily … Continue reading

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True Hospitality and the Immigration Debate

The Theopolis blog is hosting another conversation, this time on the subject of the immigration debate. I was invited to kick this discussion off and my opening post has just been published. A neighbour-focused ethic is an ethic of love, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Controversies, Culture, Ethics, Exodus, Genesis, Guest Post, OT, OT Theology, Politics, Society, Theological, Theopolis | 8 Comments

The Rite of Circumcision: A Response to Dru Johnson

A piece of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis Institute’s website, in which I respond to an article by Dru Johnson. Johnson’s article argues for a close relationship between moral and ritual knowledge and I explore the … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Ethics, Galatians, Genesis, Guest Post, NT, OT, Romans, Sex and Sexuality, The Sacraments, Theological | 3 Comments

Theopolis Junior Fellows Program

The Theopolis Institute’s Junior Fellows Program has been revised and is open for applications! Join us for intensive training in July and January.

Posted in Culture, Ethics, Liturgical Theology, Society, Theological, Theopolis, Video, Worship | 3 Comments

The Reopened Wounds of Jacob

The Theopolis blog has just posted an article of mine, in which I discuss the story of David against the background of the story of Jacob, exploring how things changed following his sin with Bathsheba. Just as the beginning of … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Bible, Christian Experience, Ethics, Guest Post, OT, OT Theology, Sex and Sexuality, Theological, Theopolis | 2 Comments

Devilish Diversions

I have posted a reflection on Luke 4 over on the Political Theology blog. Within it, I discuss the ways in which the devil sought to divert Christ from his mission and how Luke’s framing of the temptations of Christ … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Ethics, Ezekiel, Guest Post, Lent, Luke, NT, NT Theology, OT, Politics, Society, Theological | 2 Comments