Today, May 30, is the feast of St. Joan of Arc, that 15th century mystic, visionary, and soldier whose life has touched millions of people for the last few hundred years. While I am not […]
Out of the Ashes Comes a New Community
By Krista Stevens Rick Grimes: “You’re a man of God. Have some faith.” Hershel Greene: “I can’t profess to understand God’s plan. Christ promised the resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something […]
Salvation for All? A Deeper Look at Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Soteriology
Every year on the first day of Christology class, one of my sophomores raises their hand (usually half way during our fascinating analysis of the syllabus and classroom rules) and asks the following question, “Mr. […]
Fear. A Theological Look at Lynching, Racism, and Modern Society.
Disclaimer: Please note, this post contains graphic discussions of slavery and lynching, including a graphic image of the latter. In a destitute area of the South Bronx in 1995, Jonathan Kozol was interviewing schoolchildren concerning […]
Sin and Grace in Broadchurch
SPOILER WARNING: This post reveals the identity of Danny Latimer’s killer and the conclusion to the first season. “That’s nothing to do with this.” As Broadchurch’s investigation into Danny Latimer’s death evolves and expands to […]
Walter White and the (Im)Possibility of Redemption
**Warning: Spoilers Below!** By the time I go to bed tonight, there will only be four episodes left of one of my favorite TV shows I’ve ever watched (which is saying something – I’ve watched […]
The Mission: Choose Your Own Penance
Between high school, college, and my PhD program, I have spent nearly 14 years being formed intellectually and spiritually by Jesuits. Thus it should come as no surprise that Roland Joffe’s The Mission, a moving […]
Downton Abbey, Francis Bacon, Spiderman, and St. Augustine: Who holds the power of That Thing We Call Science?
“I am come in very truth, leading Nature to you with all of her children, to bind her to your service and to make her your slave.” Francis Bacon was a beast of a man. Standing in the midst […]
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection Was Not a Victory March
A few years ago I attended a Passion Play/Musical at a megachurch where I used to live. The play ended up being a sort of Cirque-du-Soleil performance of humanity from Adam and Eve to Jesus […]
Perhaps it’s not by chance that brokenness is on my mind—after all, we are drawing close to the season of Lent. Yet it is the topic of Theological Shark Week that prods me to think […]
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