Progress for democracy lies in enhancing the actual freedom, initiative, and spontaneity of the individual, not only in certain private and spiritual matters, but above all in the activity fundamental to every man’s existence, his work. [i] Erich Fromm In part I, I explored freedom as a social activity. Describing it as radical freedom, I suggested … Continue reading Freedom as Social Responsibility, Part II
Another blast from the past. A paper I presented at the Association of Practical Theology in 2014. I explore the internet as a digital social space. I think my thoughts on the internet and social media have drastically changed (not for the better). However, I still hope that our digital tools can be a force … Continue reading Digital Social Space? Interpreting Digital Action and Behavior for Today’s Churches
I'm sitting on a few conference papers that aren't doing any good sitting on my hard drive (or in the cloud). Periodically I'll be uploading papers and lectures I've done across the years using Humanities Commons. I gave this particular paper at the 3rd Iannone Conference in 2015. This paper is an exploration of the … Continue reading Listening to the Rhythms: Preparing for Theological Conversation.
To haunt does not mean to be present, and it is necessary to introduce haunting into the very construction of a concept. Of every concept, beginning with the concepts of being and time. That is what we would be calling here a hauntology. Ontology opposes it only in a movement of exorcism. Ontology is a … Continue reading Theology’s Ghost
Christianity is not reconciliation with death. It is the revelation of death, and it reveals death because it is the revelation of Life. - Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World There's a dark side of theology. A surrounding darkness that lurks at the boundaries. Often encompassing and despairing, this darkness is ushered and removed. … Continue reading The Theologian’s Depression