Theology

Legend

The Luther Legend by Marilynne Robinson. The idea that one man brought about the Protestant Reformation obscures a much longer history of dissent. More.

Nice?

Rod Dreher conducts an email interview with Ulrich Lehner, author of the new book, God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living for.

Beliefs?

Less Than Half of ‘Evangelical’ and ‘Born Again’ Christians Actually Have Evangelical Beliefs by Tyler O’Neil. Just how evangelical are evangelicals, really? According to a recent survey from LifeWay Research, not very. Less than half of those who self-identify as […]

Mind-Bending

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament by James Parker. David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original. More.

The Way

The Christian Way: A statement by Evangelicals and Catholics Together. See here.

Corruption

The Corruption of Biblical Studies by Joshua Berman. Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions. More.

Reformation Day

Three Things I Want My Catholic Friends to Know about Reformation Day by Anna Mussmann. This is the time of year when my Lutheran friends share photos of Reformation choirs and Luther-themed socks on social media. Yet to my Roman […]

Hart

LARB profiles theologian David Bentley Hart.

Corruption

The Corruption of Biblical Studies by Joshua Berman. Academic scrutiny of scripture, a discipline prey to intellectual fashion since its inception, is today pursued by many in the service of secular liberal positions. More.

Neurology

When Neurology Becomes Theology by Robert A. Burton. A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness. More.

Bible

FT reviews In the Beginning was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 by Mark A. Noll.

Roots

The Calvinist Roots of American Social Order: Calvin, Witherspoon, and Madison by Ian Speir. Witherspoon and Madison’s Calvinist theology and political philosophy imparted a firm belief that self-interest could be harnessed, ambition checked, and power balanced within government so that […]

Dancing

How I Teach Theology to Undergrads by Aristotle Papanikolaou. Being religious is not about following rules. It’s more like dancing. More.

Tale

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife by Ariel Sabar. A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from […]

Feast

The Son and the Sun: How Christmas became a Christian Feast by Andrew McGowan. Assumptions about Christian borrowings from “pagan” tradition are not as well-grounded as many assume. Interest in the solstice points to a common desire to make sense […]

Communication

Communicating the Good: The Politics and Ethics of ‘The Common Good’ by Oliver O’Donovan. “Communication” is the readiness to assert a private interest only to the extent that it can become a common interest. The private interest must first be […]

Growth

Literal Interpretation of Bible ‘Helps Increase Church Attendance’ by Harriet Sherwood. Study finds conservative theology mixed with innovative worship approach helps Protestant churches grow congregations. More.

Theology

7 Reasons to Study Theology by Scott Redd. See here.

Rabble

Christ’s Rabble by David Bentley Hart. For two and a half years I have been working on a translation of the New Testament for Yale University Press, which I recently completed. It should not have taken me that long, but […]

Calvin

Teaching Calvin in California by Jonathan Sheehan. We spend a great deal of time worrying about theology these days. From extremist violence to the American culture wars, the theological imagination can feel like an existential threat to liberal democracy. Or […]