He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors’. Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder If I could put a notion in his head: ’Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I [...]
While waiting for my course on Christianity and Social Power to begin, I observed the students sitting at the large ring of tables around the room. Though technically classified as a seminar, the course is taught by the illustrious Kathryn Tanner and is consequently filled with approximately 40 eager pupils. The first thing I noticed: [...]
The LRA are Christians. Or so said Rush Limbaugh on his October 14th show: “Now, up until today, most Americans have never heard of the combat Lord’s Resistance Army. And here we are at war with them. Have you ever heard of Lord’s Resistance Army, Dawn? How about you, Brian? […] You never heard of Lord’s [...]
It was a damp, rainy day when I witnessed the black iron gate that looms ominously over Auschwitz I. ‘Arbeit macht frei’, it pronounces: “Work will set you free.” I could not help but notice the similarity to the words attributed to Jesus in John’s Gospel – “Then you will know the truth, and the truth [...]
Over the past few days, one three-word tweet has put the evangelical world into a tizzy: Farewell Rob Bell. The tweet came from John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN and the veritable Godfather of the neo-reformed evangelical establishment (for more on Piper’s influence, see my previous post on evangelicals and interreligious [...]
Four days ago, David Kato was brutally murdered in Mukono, a town about 13 miles east of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. He was one of Uganda’s leading gay rights activists. Inspired by the time he spent in South Africa during its transition from apartheid, Kato courageously helped found and served as an officer for [...]
It was an unassuming debate, the kind that takes place before everyone has arrived and you are still mixing sugar and cream into your coffee. A tantalizing mix of progressive social justice types and conservative evangelicals, this particular Bible study group lent itself to provocative conversation. The topic of contention: whether evangelical Christians can, in [...]
Sara is a student at Yale Divinity School, where she is working toward a Master of Religious Studies with a concentration in ethics. Her research interest lies broadly in the role of faith communities in religiously charged conflicts and more particularly in the conversation between American evangelical and postliberal theologies as it relates to the construction of an evangelical ethic for interreligious engagement.