The Unraveling of the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

Sometimes when you tug a presenting yarn, it all comes unraveled. Do you remember the Harvard professor Karen King, who overturned aeons of church teaching and history with one tiny papyrus fragment, the one that "evidenced" early Christian belief that Jesus had a wife? If not, here is the triumphalist announcement from a few years back proclaiming the … Continue reading The Unraveling of the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

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Debating the Trinity

As you have probably noticed, a spirited trinitarian debate is currently taking place on the interwebs. Contributions have come ab intra and ab extra the Reformed complementarian camp (see what I did there?), and they mainly revolve around the question of the Eternal Functional Subordination (EFS) of the Son. Here's a quick summary of the issues, and … Continue reading Debating the Trinity

Biblical Theology and Theological Interpretation of Scripture

NB: This is an essay I wrote for one of my PhD comprehensive exams, which I had to complete within a time limit and without any sources—hence the missing footnotes. If ever I have time in the future, I'd like to revisit it and shore up my assertions with beefy citations. Until then, I hope you … Continue reading Biblical Theology and Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Bruce Jenner, Biological Sex, and Science Deniers

What is the biological sex of Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner? No, this isn't a question about the gender that Jenner was "assigned at birth" (as if a gender announcement in the delivery room has any material effect on the sex of a baby), or the gender that appears on Jenner's birth certificate, or the gender Jenner currently … Continue reading Bruce Jenner, Biological Sex, and Science Deniers

Surrogacy and Personhood

"My body, my choice." So goes the slogan of the pro-abortion movement. Unless, of course, you are a surrogate—or is that the case? The Atlantic ran a fascinating article recently entitled "When Parents and Surrogates Disagree on Abortion." In it, the author wrestles with the difficult questions surrounding the meaning of fatherhood, motherhood, and personhood—even if sometimes … Continue reading Surrogacy and Personhood

New York Magazine and a Vision of the Good Life

New York Magazine has a cover story written by Rebecca Traister that details the rise of the American single woman, both praising her influence and lamenting the wider culture's failure to embrace her in all her liberated glory. It's a must-read article if for no other reason than that it gives a fascinating glimpse into the … Continue reading New York Magazine and a Vision of the Good Life

Antonin Scalia

Below are a few resources that I have gathered together (for my own archives) in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. If you have suggestions, add in the comments section below. The following essay contains some fascinating reflections by Scalia on proper interpretation methods which have important similarities to biblical hermeneutics: Law Courts … Continue reading Antonin Scalia

Intelligence, Desire, and Ardor: A Parable

The following extended excerpt is from On the Meaning of Sex by J. Budziszewski, 115–118. [T]he soul may be pictured by a rider, horse, and lion...The man is not the soul per se, but her power of directive intelligence. Because her intelligence is her highest power, the one through which the "I" most clearly speaks, it is … Continue reading Intelligence, Desire, and Ardor: A Parable

Exodus 1:15–21, Planned Parenthood Version (PPV)

"15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however much they feared God, they … Continue reading Exodus 1:15–21, Planned Parenthood Version (PPV)

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Philosophical vs. Biblical Syllogisms

The headlines have been filled in recent days with a big story coming out of Wheaton College. A professor at this prestigious evangelical institution—the alma mater of evangelical notables such as Billy Graham—created quite a stir when she announced that she would be wearing a hijab over the advent season, and also that Muslims and Christians "worship … Continue reading Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Philosophical vs. Biblical Syllogisms