Some wise words re: “pornography culture”

My good friend Brian Maiers sent me the link to “The Pornography Culture” over at a blog dedicated to the theology of David B. Hart.  The essay is almost four years old, written on the occasion of another legal blow against the Child Online Protection Act (COPA).  It appeared at The New Atlantis in 2004…

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Forestry + Theology

Before creation ethics was a top publishing topic, before ecological theology was hip, I was a forestry major at the University of Georgia.  And I wrote a senior thesis on God and Creation Care. (It was not very good.) I remember that at my paper presentation I was mildly attacked by one of the professors…

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SAET: The Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology

I was graciously invited to participate as a guest in an ongoing conversation that, in my view, is of pressing urgency.  This conversation centers on the topic of “ecclesial theology” and on the vocational identity of the “pastor-theologian.”  Dialogue of this sort is underway in a number of circles these days, but hosting the particular…

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Article on “Hopeful Realism” at RELEVANTMagazine.com

I am so grateful for the folks at Relevant for posting another article.  This one is on  the idea of “Hopeful Realism,” the namesake of this blog and the main objective outlined in my book, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. The challenge on writing on the topic of cynicism is that I…

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Jason Byassee on Beeson Divinity School

Joel and I are pleased to announce that we will soon be posting an interview with Dr. Jason Byassee here at Hopeful Realism.  Byassee is a Research Fellow in Theology and Leadership at Duke Divinity School and has been directing their Center for Theology, Writing, and Media.  Joel and I are asking him about his…

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Living and Teaching the Sermon on the Mount

Tonight begins the Summer UCF Bible study.  Joel and I will be teaching on Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. For someone preparing to do doctoral work in the UK, with insurmountable obstacles in my way, with inevitable sacrifices that will logistically and financially overwhelm my family, with the prospect of not being able…

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