Theology

Day 11: Sitting in Darkness, Blogging the Light

If we leave religion out of our national conversation, we end up with a vapid conversation that doesn’t address the deepest realities that move most of the people in this country.

Day 10: The Mother of All Meaning
Day 10: The Mother of All Meaning

To get any insight at all into what Jesus’ childhood and upbringing were like, you have to do something that sometimes makes Protestants uncomfortable: study Mary.

The Hinge of Fate - Holy Innocents' Day - Yule Blog - Christmas
Day 4: The Hinge of Fate

People complain about the commercialization of Christmas; maybe we should think more about the way our culture sentimentalizes and trivializes a very serious event. The holiday isn’t just about a red-nosed reindeer’s quest for social acceptance; it is about streets red with the blood of slaughtered innocents while the Holy Family flees into exile.

You Can Map Our Faces, but You Can’t Steal Our Souls - Artificial Intelligence - Facial Recognition - Surveillance
You Can Map Our Faces, but You Can’t Steal Our Souls

Left unchecked and unchallenged, China will continue to abuse emerging technologies such as AI and facial recognition to oppress people created in the image of God.

Day 10: The Mother of All Meaning

To get any insight at all into what Jesus’ childhood and upbringing were like, you have to do something that sometimes makes Protestants uncomfortable: study Mary.

Day 8: One for All - Christmas - Nations
Day 8: One for All

The Christmas story suggests that we can somehow try to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.

Day 7: Meaning in 3-D - Yule Blog - Holy Trinity
Day 7: Meaning in 3-D

Nothing separates Christianity from other religions like the two big holidays of Christmas and Easter, and Christmas especially.

Why a Christianity & National Security Conference?

Next week November 2-3 Providence is hosting its second annual Christianity and National Security Conference at Georgetown University. I hope…

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Duke University professor Stanley Hauerwas Offer Different Visions for Church's Role in the World
The Archbishop and the Academic: Welby and Hauerwas Offer Different Accounts of the Church’s Role in the World

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby advocates for an “extremist” church, confident in its transformative power. Duke University professor Stanley Hauerwas advocates for a pacifist church, bearing witness to nonviolence.