Theology and the Hon...

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 the said political situation might...

Review of John, Jesu...

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...

Thoughts, Tears, and...

(I’m assuming some 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...

Review of Reality, G...

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...

Esther in Ancient Je...

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 Associate Professor of...

The Banality of Evil...

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 the...

Some (incoherent) th...

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...

Death by Natural Causes Oct08

Death by Natural Cau...

“Such is the natural and inevitable tendency of the best constituted governments. If Sparta and Rome have perished, what state can hope to endure for ever? If we wish to form a durable constitution, let us, then, not dream of making it eternal. In order to succeed we must not attempt the...

The Priority of Democracy? Sep17

The Priority of Demo...

The neo-pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty argues for a “priority of democracy” to philosophy and religion, that democracy should not and does not require a philosophical or theological anthropology as a preface to politics. To quote Rorty: we heirs of the Enlightenment think of enemies...

What Is the Basis for Authority? Part 2 Jul09

What Is the Basis fo...

In my last post I went through the cultural developments that led to the basis of our modern understanding of authority detailing the historical shift in religious and political viewpoints. Eventually we have come to understand in the modern context a delegated authority that tends to come...

What is the Basis of Authority? Part 1 Jun25

What is the Basis of...

Since the twentieth century, no topic has shaped the philosophical conversations more than the question of authority. It is not that the topic wasn’t brought up previously, certainly the Reformation and the Revolutions in America and France centered on the topic, but the fervor with...