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Neither Triumphalism nor Retreat: A Conversation about Faithful Presence with James Davison Hunter

James Davison Hunter, the LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia, has a habit of writing very important books. His 1991 book, Culture Wars, shaped a generation of discussion about politics and religion in American life. And now, almost twenty years later, his new book, To Change the World, has generated widespread commentary regarding the shape of Christian engagement with culture. James K. A. Smith, whose... Read More

How (Not) to Change the World

James Davison Hunter. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010. 368 pages. $20.12 hardcover (Amazon). It’s hard to resist the spectacle of the Wachowski brothers’ film Speed Racer. Their visual evocation of a kind of live-action anime hovers and wavers between surrealism and camp. For those of us raised on G-Force, the allure of this aesthetic is palpable yet unexplainable. But... Read More

Just War Is Not Christian Discipleship: A Review of Daniel Bell Jr.’s Just War

Daniel M. Bell Jr., Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church rather than the State. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009. 272 pages. $16.49 paperback (Amazon). Click here or on the image to purchase Just War as Christian Discipleship from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we have been told by both sides of the partisan fence that we now live in an “age of terrorism.” What... Read More

Reclaiming Metaphysics and Truth: How D. Stephen Long Speaks of God

D. Stephen Long. Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2009. 352 pages.$21.12 paperback. Click on the image to purchase Speaking of God from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. Modern philosophers and historians were convinced of the death of metaphysics; they buried questions of existence and being deep in the grave. But according to D. Stephen Long, author of Speaking of God, even their proofs for this death... Read More

The Beatific Quest as Faith Formation in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia: Direction, Release, and Integration

Narratives are purposeful and meaningful. When we consider recorded events, even our own lives, I believe we must approach them as narrative. We must envision them as a story, long or short, with a past, present, and future; we must see purpose and meaning or chance mistaking life for a series of random footprints in the sands of time. H. Richard Niebuhr illustrates this function of narrative in life stories by describing two potential histories of a healed blind man: A... Read More

What God Does Not Does and Does Not: A Review of Brent Laytham’s God Does Not

D. Brent Laytham, ed., God Does Not…: Entertain, Play Matchmaker, Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009), 160 pages, $17,99 paper. Click here or on the image to buy God Does Not from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. “God helped me shoot gunman, ” reads the newspaper headline of how a security guard, allegedly under divine influence, shot a gunman on rampage in a Colorado Springs megachurch. God Does Not, however,... Read More

The Church in a Culture of Death: An Interview with Joel Shuman

In an age of rampant consumerism, which has brought about the current global economic crisis, the church today faces that age-old question: Who or What governs the body? The church must find ways of reclaiming the body, reclaiming each person as an indivisible whole rather than two disparate parts and as mystically united with other Christians as one Body in Christ. The corporate model of “doing church” has revealed its ugly falsehood, and if Christians are to recapture... Read More

Virtual Insanity: Christian Ethics, Biotechnology, and Posthuman Evolution

he earth has become small, and on it hops the last man, who makes everything small. —Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra Ours is a world of our own making. The emergence of technologies that were once the subjects of science fiction has given us a “freedom” of choice that is unparalleled when compared to any other time in history. In mall-like fashion, we now continually encounter a vast assortment of products and services designed to elicit our desire. But what... Read More

The Subversion Will Not Be Televised: An Interview with Vinoth Ramachandra

The Other Journal (TOJ): Dr. Ramachandra, it is an honor to talk with you about your recent book Subverting Global Myths and about how your work might help us understand faithfulness in the current biopolitical landscape. I want to start off with a basic question: Given your travels across the world and your experiences in both cultures of the West and the developing world, or majority world, would you please talk a bit about the myopia that you feel U.S. Christians suffer... Read More

Learning Like a Christian: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas

As students across the country converge upon college and university campuses to embark upon another year of education, few of them will realize that they are doing exactly what the powers-that-be want them to do. Universities in the United States, especially research universities, regularly advertise themselves as places of progressive and liberal perspectives whose faculty work on the cutting edge of development. They tout themselves as sanctuaries for the unfettered pursuit... Read More