Warnock

Black Church | liberation theology | political partisanship | culture wars

Raphael Warnock and the Ongoing Legacy of Black Liberation Theology

The myth of a monolithic Black theology at the heart of political scare tactics

April 5, 2021
HW Bush

Islam | France | Communism | right-wing

Islamo-Leftism?

The Cold War origins of anti-Islamic rhetoric

March 1, 2021
Riots

political religion | white supremacy | study of religion

Is This America?

A distinction may bring some clarity to disagreements about the meaning of the Capitol riots

February 1, 2021
Baby Yoda

pop culture | science fiction

Religion and Isolation in The Mandalorian

Baby Yoda, helmets, and a mysterious tradition serve as a lens for understanding our current state of estrangement.

December 7, 2020
Floyd, Taylor, and Arberry with halos

political religion | #blacklivesmatter

The Difference between Heroes and Martyrs

When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant

October 5, 2020
Bathsheba mourning Uriah

Hebrew Bible | Biblical narratives | slavery | culture wars

Imagining History without Heroes and Villains

What the Hebrew Bible can teach Americans about reckoning with the fallenness of our nation's founders

September 14, 2020
hypocrisy

protests | #blacklivesmatter | George Floyd

The Hypocrisy Juke

Responding when people say “protest this, not that”

July 7, 2020
MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. | protests | George Floyd | Race and religion

Asking the Right Questions about Riots

Contemplating the questions we should and shouldn't be asking about riots by looking to the example of Martin Luther King Jr.

June 4, 2020
heroes

Coronavirus | Reinhold Niebuhr

We Need Fewer Heroes

Exploring the tension between our praise of everyday heroes and the social instability that necessitates them

May 8, 2020