Knight, Death, and The Devil: Christian Faith & the Virtue of Single-Mindedness

Few works of art have gripped me over the years, and accompanied me through the vicissitudes of life, more than the 1513 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Ritter, Tod, und Teufel (Knight, Death, and the Devil). Although I cannot recall if I ever saw the original in the Dürer Haus in Nürnberg, I know I have seen copies in … Continue reading Knight, Death, and The Devil: Christian Faith & the Virtue of Single-Mindedness

Epiphanies and The Problem of Pain

15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;    I have borne your terrors and am in despair.16 Your wrath has swept over me;    your terrors have destroyed me.17 All day long they surround me like a flood;    they have completely engulfed me.18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—    darkness is my closest friend. Psalm 88, a song of Heman the Ezrahite The Problem … Continue reading Epiphanies and The Problem of Pain

Excursus: 10 Questions Christians Should Ask Themselves Before Engaging in Social Justice

"But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream." - Amos 5:4 The conversation in the evangelical Church right now concerning social justice movements and intersectionality is inescapable. Thus, it seems appropriate to take a quick detour from our metaphysical exploration of the kinds of things human beings worship, to provide an excursus … Continue reading Excursus: 10 Questions Christians Should Ask Themselves Before Engaging in Social Justice