Jack Hanna My Manna

Last Spring I taught a seminar for the Institute of Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University called, Living Lives that Matter. I was probably the least qualified person on campus to teach it. It’s not that I haven’t lived an interesting life (combine a fierce Peter Pan complex with an often unexamined allegiance to hedonism, then couple that with a rather poor attempt at Mennonite temperance and . . . well . . . I’m probably not as... Read More

Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom

 After about 38 laborious years this book has finally come out. (Okay, that was a slight bit of hyperbole, but I wrote my chapter back in 2008. Many thanks to whichever one of you contributors slowed us down–was that you, Steve?) Nevertheless, it looks to be a promising book that provides a constructive grammatical framework for what has historically constituted Christian martyrdom, and what will, if anything, continue to be faithful accounts of blood-witnessing. For... Read More

Five Questions with Amy Laura Hall

Amy Laura Hall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University. She has written a number of books including the soon to be classic, Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and The Spirit of Reproduction. She also raises holy hell like nobody’s business. For this reason, it’s time for “Five Questions” with Amy Laura Hall. 1) What’s it like having double x chromosomes? Tricky, scary, and fun. I learned during my first months in the... Read More