Jesus for Sale

M. Craig Barnes is among my favorite writer-pastors. A mainliner (PCUSA) and so not as well-known, perhaps, as John Piper or Tim Keller or Mark Driscoll among evangelicals, Barnes, former senior pastor of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and currently same at Shadyside . . . . Continue Reading »

The Objectification of Jennifer Knapp

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 »

Weighing In

I’ve liked John Podhoretz ever since, years ago, he called to introduce himself and ask me to write something for him—on Thomas Mann’s novels, as it happens. I very gratefully learned, as much as I was able, to write literary reviews by churning them out for him while he was at the . . . . Continue Reading »

Defining Science and Resolving Issues

IntroductionA controversial matter in the recent discussion thread of the Noetic Noah discourse is the nature of science. Once that term is understood, along with its various ramifications, then one will be better able to understand both laboratory studies and evolution, and even the source for . . . . Continue Reading »

Moby-Dick as Anti-Bible

In a review of Robert Alter’s Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible , Adam Kirsch explains how Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was influenced by the KJV while being a sort of anti-Bible: The irony is that Melville uses these biblical tropes in constructing a book that is a . . . . Continue Reading »