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Phillip Cary teaches philosophy at Eastern University, where he is also Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College. His research specializes in Augustine and Luther. He has also published a commentary on the book of Jonah in the Brazos Theological Commentary series, edited by R. R. Reno. en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)email@example.com (The Editors)Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:31 -0400https://d25wp47b6tla3u.cloudfront.net/img/favicon-196.pngFirst Things RSS Feed Image
Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Phillip Cary)Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by jonathan sacks schocken, 320 pages, $28.95
The Benedict Option for Evangelicalshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/06/the-benedict-option-for-evangelicals
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:00 -email@example.com (Phillip Cary)In the wake of
, I expect we'll be talking for quite some time about the “Benedict Option” Rod Dreher is
. At least I hope so. I'd like to see how it might work, for evangelical Protestants as well as for Roman Catholics.
]]>Gender as Consumer Choicehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/gender-as-consumer-choice-1
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Phillip Cary)In
a post yesterday
I suggested that the proliferation of choices for “gender identity” (legend has it that there are now 57 varieties to choose from on facebook) will have the effect of deconstructing the very notion of gender differenceor rather, to use the old and proper terminology, the difference between the
, male and female. In using the philosophical term “deconstruction,” however, I didn’t mean to suggest that the process is controlled by anything like conscious logic or deliberate choice. On the contrary, the proliferation of choice is not something we choose, but is imposed on us and inculcated in us. What drives us here is not logic but consumerism.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Phillip Cary)I
wonder if the gender identity theorists realize just how much they’re undermining when they deconstruct the so-called “gender binary” of male and female. This is deconstruction in very much the original sense of the term, as put into circulation by philosopher Jacques Derrida. Instead of merely abolishing the difference between male and female, the idea is to add so much to it as to undermine its meaning. So now we have a vast proliferation of different gender identities, including not just transgender, transwoman and transman, but genderqueer, gender fluid, and beyond. (The urban legend has it that there are now fifty-seven categories to choose from when you identify your gender on Facebook. Someone else will have to confirm that for me.)
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:49:22 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Phillip Cary)A new semester dawns with new responsibilities, and I need to wrap up this series of meditations on Genesis for the time being.
can serve as a good summary of where I’ve been. What I want to do today is look back to the beginning of the series and then ahead to where I’m going.
]]>The Future in God’s Good Wordhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/the-future-in-gods-good-word
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:46:03 -email@example.com (Phillip Cary)God’s word to the woman in Genesis 3:16 continues to fascinate me. Yesterday I argued that
in contrast to rationalist projects like Plato’s
, it aims to deepen the difference between male and female rather than minimize it. For in Scripture difference and otherness are not things to be regretted but the source and means of blessing. The good does not come to us in common, treating each individual alike, but rather through a
biblical logic of otherness
, in which each of us finds the blessing of God only in an other who is different from us.
]]>Plato against Othernesshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/plato-against-otherness
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:00:05 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Phillip Cary)I’m still trying to understand God’s word to the woman in Genesis 3:16, connecting the difficulties of childbirth, the woman’s desire for her man, and her man ruling over her. In the narrative context of Genesis, this connection clearly looks forward to
the patriarchal households of Genesis
, where a man’s belongings consist in living things (the kind of things listed in the 10th commandment) in
an economy where the increase of wealth means the flourishing of living things
in the household (the
, the Greek root of
]]>The Economics of Genesishttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/the-economics-of-genesis
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:42:36 -email@example.com (Phillip Cary)I’m trying to understand why God’s word to the woman in Genesis 3:16
“your desire shall be for your husband” with “he shall rule over you.” The meaning of the connection becomes clearer as we look ahead to the narrative continuation of
Genesis and its patriarchal households.
I’m also thinking the connection is economic, in the original sense of the word.
]]>Procreation and Patriarchyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/procreation-and-patriarchy
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 09:10:23 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Phillip Cary)I’m not done puzzling over God’s word to the woman in Genesis 3:16, connecting pain in childbirth, desire for her husband, and his ruling over her. So far I’ve been thinking primarily about the connection between the first two,
procreation and sex
. But now it’s time to think about how they’re connected to the third. For a simple, provocative but accurate enough label, just call this connection patriarchy, and you’ll see why it’s taken me some time to work up to it.