A Feminist Introduction to Paul

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting upon Women and Gender in Early Christianity. In her A Feminist Introduction to Paul (St. Louis: Chalice, 2005. 159 pp.), Sandra Hack Polaski outlines some of the major feminist concerns with the Apostle Paul and his writings. Methodologically, Polaski advocates a “transformative” reading of Paul whichContinue reading “A Feminist Introduction to Paul”

Converts, Clones, and Disciples

In “Converts, Clones and Disciples”, Bill Leonard outlines and describes the basic history of Christian conversion in the American evangelical context. Tracing the history of the conversion experience from its American origins in New England Puritans through the Great Awakenings and Nineteenth Century transformation, Leonard outlines five modern approaches to conversion that are employed inContinue reading “Converts, Clones, and Disciples”

Ephrem’s Symbolic Transformation

This post is part of an ongoing series examining Ephrem the Syrian and early Syriac Christianity. In his dissertation on Ephrem, Jeff Wickes argues that Ephrem’s symbolic universe constructs a symbolic self through the scriptural world of his hymns (Wickes, 3). In light of an earlier chapter, this is clarified to mean that Ephrem co-identifiedContinue reading “Ephrem’s Symbolic Transformation”

C. S. Lewis on Myth (Part III)

This post is part of an ongoing series examining C. S. Lewis’s view of “myth.” In Miracles, Lewis reflects on the importance of myth in regards to the Old Testament and Israel. Lewis writes that “The Hebrews, like other people, had mythology: but as they were the chosen people so their mythology was the chosen mythologyContinue reading “C. S. Lewis on Myth (Part III)”

Book Review: The Duck Commander Bible (Robertson)

Chances are that amidst your Black Friday shopping (or today’s Cyber Monday spending spree) you somewhere caught sight of camouflage. T-shirts, DVD collections, hats, beards, coats—you name it, there’s a probably a Duck Dynasty version of it somewhere. The Robertson family and their hit show on A&E have taken the country by storm the pastContinue reading “Book Review: The Duck Commander Bible (Robertson)”

The Divine Milieu

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin stands apart, along with Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, and Hans Urs von Bathlasar, as one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Teilhard’s overall theological program sought to reconcile the central features of traditional Catholic faith with the insights of such pursuits as reason and biology. HereContinue reading “The Divine Milieu”

Book Review: Varieties of Religious Experience (James)

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, a work based on his delivery of the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, William James sought to examine from the perspective of psychology the subject of religious experiences, seeking to understand man and his consciousness concerning religion.[1] Varieties has become a classic work in a number ofContinue reading “Book Review: Varieties of Religious Experience (James)”