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My Author Copy of “Ecumenical Edwards” Arrived

The-Ecumenical-EdwardsI received my author copy of The Ecumenical Edwards: Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians (Ashgate, 2015), today, which has my chapter “The Erotic Side of Divine Participation: Jonathan Edwards, Gregory of Nyssa, and Origen of Alexandria on Song of Songs 1:1-4.” I wrote this almost three years ago, so it is nice to see it finally in print. It comes out on August 28.

In this short chapter, I take a look at the interpretive steps taken by Edwards, Origen, and Nyssa in avoiding a reading of Song of Songs in an erotic sense, which I refer to as “an exegetical cold shower.” Continue reading…

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On Reactions to my Chronicle of Higher Ed Article

On July 7 my article “Losing Faith in Religious Higher Education: What happens when a seminary professor joins the religiously ‘unaffiliated’?” came out in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This was my “coming out” piece as a secular humanist and it discussed the ramifications of that decision for my position as a seminary professor.

While I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, I did wonder about the amount of hate mail I might get. Fortunately, the responses from both sides of that conversation (evangelical and humanist) were predominantly positive. Continue reading…

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When Faith And Disbelief Collide

When I was a kid, I sat in Bible studies at our church and listened to adults talk about their recent conversion to Christianity. Reactions from family and close friends were common concerns they had. Yes, becoming a Christian meant returning to the religion of their family for many, but for others it meant turmoil and being different.

For the latter, their parents, siblings, or close friends often worried about the new faith they embraced. Did they join a cult? Would this mean that they’d have to listen to preaching at every family Thanksgiving or Christmas?

I bring this up because I realize I’m in a similar situation for the first time in my life and I’m just now to the point where I’m capable of talking about it. In my case, I’ve not converted to a new religion, rather, I’ve departed from it entirely. Continue reading…

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Interested in Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Ed? Read an Excerpt from Consider No Evil

If you haven’t had a chance to get Menachem Wecker’s and my book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (Cascade Books, 2014), but are interested reading a sample, then you’re in luck. Below you’ll find an excerpt from the book (chapter one).

Both of our first chapters are memoir and help to set up the more analytical side of the following chapters. My story stops at my time as a professor of the history of Christianity and religious studies at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, which I left last July (more on that here). I’m currently teaching at The University of Findlay.

The “Table of Contents” is included in the PDF. So if you’re interested in academic freedom in religious higher education, then click the book cover below and enjoy! And if you want to read the rest, see Amazon where it’s available in hardcover, paperback, and for Kindle.

***Used with Permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers

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