Why I Believe What I Believe

In an earlier post I tried to articulate what it means for me to identify as 'religious.' Here I want to explore, after an interesting conversation with some friends, why I believe what I do. It will become very, very clear why I find myself in the Tillichian stream of existential theology. I understand 'belief' and 'faith' … Continue reading Why I Believe What I Believe


Being Religious: the Sacred Imagination

The other day a friend pressed me on what 'being religious' means for me and why I consider myself a Christian. In those moments of quick response you never get out quite what you want and it inevitably ends up being overly simplistic, so I thought it'd be worth reflecting upon on here. Being religious, … Continue reading Being Religious: the Sacred Imagination

Untenable Unity (Reading Religion, Politics, and the Earth, pt II)

More thoughts on Clayton Crockett and Jeffrey Robbins' book Religion, Politics, and the Earth: The New Materialism. Earlier post is here. This thought is with Chantal Mouffe's critique of John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas - about them flattening the inevitability of real, irreducible difference by presuming rational consensus is possible (at least most of the … Continue reading Untenable Unity (Reading Religion, Politics, and the Earth, pt II)

Guns and America’s Original Ontology

The enlightenment thinkers who provided the philosophical backdrop for the ‘founding’ of America understood the world to be made of disparate and distinct things and therefore saw humans as essentially separate, individual beings. It seems to me that this understanding of the nature of things, this ontology, is engraved in the American spirit and is … Continue reading Guns and America’s Original Ontology