Waxing Hot: A Postmodern Tradition of the New

The iPhone is new again, Apple.com   Ever changing, like a Joyless eye, That finds no object worth its constancy? “To the Moon,” Percy Bysshe Shelley   The turn of the moon has long fascinated our human desire for novelty. In our postmodern moment, we have a focus on the new as if unique to our time. We consider ourselves a progressive culture with insta-access to... Read More

There is No Such Thing as “Church”…Just Us In Faithful Relation To Each Other

As some kind of Christian most, if not all, of my life  I have always taken for granted – even if at times “taking” it also meant wanting to “leave” it – something called the church. The very title of this blog, i.e., “the church and postmodern culture”, assumes there is actually something “there” (a true Aristotelian... Read More

Videos from “What is Christian Philosophy?” SCP/SCPT Conference

This March, the 2014 Midwest meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers met together with the Society of Continental Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College in Palos Heights, IL. The theme of the joint conference was “What is Christian Philosophy?” and was chosen in honor of the 30th anniversary of the publication of Alvin Plantinga’s “Advice to... Read More

On Conversation without Conversion: Reflections on Church Practice and Participation

Though I think a lot about church practice, I don’t write much on it. My writing, for better or worse, tends to be very intentionally philosophical and offered in the aim of inviting a broader readership into the technical debates of philosophy of religion. The one main exception to this general trajectory, though, is a piece I posted here at Church and Postmodernism a few years... Read More

Hominis Deus

The following is a guest post by Kyle David Bennett. Kyle is a recent PhD graduate from Fuller Seminary in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. Before moving to NYC last year he taught philosophy at Azusa Pacific University and theology and ethics at Providence Christian College. He now teaches religion at The King’s College. He lives in Hoboken, NJ with his... Read More

The Paradox of Loneliness in the Midst of Community

(Thanksgiving, 2013) From the confines of Tegel prison in Berlin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned these moving words to his family: “Three Alone But Together” – Carmen Guedez It’s remarkable how we think at such times about the people that we should not like to live without, and almost or entirely forget about ourselves. It is only then that we feel how closely our... Read More

“Outlaw justice” – was Paul really a political theologian?

The standard average Christian evangelical, or Reformed, reading of Paul makes him into a huckster of cheap grace. How many times have you heard a sermon on Romans, or a Christian song on the radio, or some radio plug for a new church or ministry, invoking the Reformation-revivalist message that it’s all about giving up trying to make something out of your life on your own,... Read More

St. Evagrius of Pontus and Redeeming Time in Postmodernity

The following is a guest post by Matthew Tan. Matthew is a Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy at Campion College Australia. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in Catholic Studies and a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. Matthew is also the editor of the theological blog “the Divine Wedgie”... Read More

Vocation and Cultural Capital

The Calling of St. Matthew [Hendrick ter Brugghen, 1620]The doctrine of vocation, emerging from Martin Luther’s theological genius and taken up by the other Reformers (and handed down to us today) has functioned to bring about the sanctification of ordinary life as Charles Taylor as others have rightfully noticed.[1] Where there was once a hierarchy in which churchly vocations... Read More

Can Philosophy Come Forth As Prophecy?

J. Aaron Simmons (aaron.simmons@furman.edu) – Department of Philosophy, Furman University Zachary Jolly (zach.jolly@furman.edu) – Department of Philosophy, Furman University In 1984 Alvin Plantinga’s landmark essay, “Advice to Christian Philosophers,” appeared in print in Faith and Philosophy. This widely celebrated essay can rightly be said to have crystallized... Read More