In 2004, I moved back to NC from the lovely yet cold city of Chicago. I had recently attained the somewhat coveted status of ABD and decided to relocate back to God’s country. Looking for work, I began teaching at Elon University as well as working as a teaching assistant for a number of courses at Duke. One of the courses I was a TA for was Allen Verhey’s course on Bioethics. It was Verhey’s first semester at Duke and, even though there were only five students in his course, he had me as a TA.
“Why do you think they wanted me to have a TA in a course with only five students?” he asked.
“Probably because of my awesomeness,” I responded.
“Ha!” Verhey said. “Yeah. Um, no. I think they want me to spend my time writing.”
It was true. Duke wanted him to focus on writing, but because he was such an incredible teacher, they wanted him to also teach. I loved that Duke hired Allen. After all, here was a guy who was quite fond of Niebhur while being terribly un-fond of Yoder and Duke wanted him. We use to argue about those two guys all the time. Occasionally we would break down and actually use scripture against one another–which was kind of a hoot, given how we both thought such exercises were futile. It was fun. And, because of his help, Allen functioned as something of a mentor to me, especially since I was so far away from my own advisor and dissertation committee.
Denmark is banning halal and kosher slaughter of animals, because such killing requires that the animal be conscious when killed. “Hooray! ‘It’ almost didn’t suffer!” They want them to feel it, I guess. And because some folks in Denmark thinks it’s unnecessarily cruel (cough, giraffe, cough cough, zoothanasia, cough), others folks are referring to their legislation as an interference with the practice of religious... Read More
What will probably be remembered as having the greatest reviews ever, After Crucifixion: The Promise of Theology is, unlike much of what I’m sent, a stellar read. Many of the theology books that come my way are either trying to mimic that guy I always confuse with Henry Rollins (‘Peter something or another’) or they are attempting to ‘out’ neo-Anabaptist the next neo-Anabaptist. Unlike the aforementioned poop stains,... Read More
After thirteen plus years of screaming to Against Me! (only thirtenn–I know, I was late to the party), I finally got to see them two weeks ago in VA Beach. It was, of course, stellar. It slayed all things. If you’re not yet on board, pick up their new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. It’s badass and quite the intimate look at Laura Jane Grace’s ongoing transformation. Now, check out the chorus to this song (Walking is Still... Read More
I recently posted this over at Eating Anarcrow and received numerous emails attacking both the creator of the t-shirt and my ”advertisement” of her shirt. Apparently, I am ”supposed to know better.” Pfft. That’s a hoot. While it very well may be the case that I should know better, it’s precisely because I don’t know better that I ran the comic. Here’s a link to the original post with the rocking tank-top... Read More