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    Who’s in charge here?

    Growing up my hometown was, and still is, very conservative. Most everyone identifies as a Christian and a Republican, and to me those two terms were nearly synonymous. I was taught that America was the greatest nation on the planet and that we were in fact a Christian nation,...
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    The Politics of ‘YOLO’

    What is ‘politics’? My last post mentioned a number of conferences and events on the theme of political theology happening in the UK this summer. Although on paper I have two degrees in politics or political theory, I don’t really understand ‘politics’—or at least not what people refer to as...
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    Theology and the Hong Kong Protests

    Our blog’s very own Calvin Sodestrom raised the question in his most recent post on whether we tend to conceive of God ‘inside a box’. I know I have been blogging about the protest in Hong Kong for some time now, but at risk of being boring, I thought...
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    Review of John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel By Richard Horsley & Tom Thatcher

    Horsley, Richard and Tom Thatcher John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns, 2013. 207 pages. Paperback. $20.00. In John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel, Thatcher and Horsley argue for a fresh reading of John’s Gospel. They contend that John presented Jesus as one whose ministry enacted Israel’s renewal...
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    Thoughts, Tears, and Prayers for Hong Kong

    (I’m assuming caleome knowledge of the news as extensively reported by the BBC and CNN over this past weekend.) I wrote about the ‘Occupy Central’ movement in Hong Kong here just over a year ago. It is something I had been following closely and loosely supporting (but I have had mixed...
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    Review of Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks by Walter Brueggemann

    Brueggemann, Walter. Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2014. 165 pages. Softcover. Retail: $15.00. In Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, Walter Brueggemann suggests that the ancient Israelite ideological crisis caused by the destruction of Jerusalem can act as an analogy for the...
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    Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (by Aaron Koller)

    I just had the privilege of reading Aaron Koller’s new book on Esther which came out just a few weeks before mine (Esther and Her Elusive God). I would have liked to engage him in my book, but this brief review will have to suffice (for now). Aaron Koller, who is...
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    The Banality of Evil — of Pontius Pilate

    A couple of weeks ago, I thought about political difference and also a bit on existentialism: And thought I would indulge myself a bit more on the topic — but a somewhat different kind of political indifference. The movie Hannah Arendt came out earlier this year, which focuses on...
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    Some (incoherent) thoughts on Russell Brand’s politics

    I don’t know about the US, but the following video of Jeremy Paxman interviewing comedian Russell Brand has been pretty viral in the UK and indeed over my Facebook news feed. (If you’re like me and can’t bear Mr. Brand’s attitude and mannerism, or if youtube is being temperamental as...
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