The New Dualisms

From First Thoughts

Gene Fant dug up this little gem from Timothy Morton in the latest Proceedings of the Modern Language Association : It’s not just that rabbits are rabbits in name only; it’s that whether or not we have words for them, rabbits are deconstructive all the way down—signifying and display . . . . Continue Reading »

A Sword Between the Sexes

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Like us over at Mere Orthodoxy, Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen likes C.S. Lewis.As an undergrad, she was drawn to his vision of a Christianity, which fuses intellectual robustness with piety and a lively imagination.  She found in him a subtle challenge to the dominant regime of physicalism, a . . . . Continue Reading »

Were the Church Fathers Pacifists?

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If you ask noted pacifist John Howard Yoder , the answer is unequivocally “yes.”  Writes Yoder: The answer of the pre-Constantinian church was negative; the Christian as an agent of God for reconciliation has other things to do than to be in police service . . . . Christians saw . . . . Continue Reading »

The Aesthetics of Sports

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In reflecting on the relationship between story and the rules of the game,  Brian Phillips writes : What that means is that, if we care about the sport as a story, we have to hope that the people in charge of running it do their jobs  just badly enough to ensure that the  Hand of God . . . . Continue Reading »

Playing the Theological Syncretism Card

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If you asked St. Augustine why he believed in an immortal soul, I suspect he’d look at you quizzically, raise an eyebrow, and utter a dismissive, “Because St. Paul did!” Of course, there are large groups of Christians who might accept the rationale for Augustine’s answer while . . . . Continue Reading »

The Objectification of Jennifer Knapp

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When I heard that Jennifer Knapp came out as a lesbian yesterday, I shuddered.But not for why you think.No.  I shuddered because the news meant another round of conversations about evangelicals and homosexuality.  And that is a conversation which is fraught with danger.There will be the . . . . Continue Reading »

God and the Body at Newsweek

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As Joe mentioned on Monday , Lisa Miller has a new book out on heaven , and while I haven’t read it yet, the excerpt at Newsweek is intriguing. Miller highlights the paradox of believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which she claims “has strained the credulity of even the most . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangel Authors Around Town

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Two of our writers here at Evangel have been up to no good of late.  And you should know about it.First, I subject our overlord Joe Carter (who is ultimately to blame for bringing together this rag-tag band of miscreants) to rigorous examination regarding his book, How to Argue like . . . . Continue Reading »

Michael Spencer Meets Jesus.

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Tonight, we express our sorrow at the news that blog-neighbor Michael Spencer (the Internet Monk) has gone home to be with the Lord.Michael has been in the Christian blogging community for a long time, and it’s no lie to say that his voice and witness are irreplaceable.   He will be . . . . Continue Reading »

John Piper’s Eight Month Sabbatical

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I for one am thrilled to hear that John Piper has asked for, and been granted, an eight month leave from each of his ministries.But I don’t quite know why I’m so excited by his decision.  After all, eight months is a relatively short amount of time, and I don’t know Piper at . . . . Continue Reading »