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The Jew from Nazareth and the Problem of Whiteness: J. Kameron Carter’s Theological Account of Race

J. Kameron Carter. Race: A Theological Account. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2008. 504 pages. $28.00 hardcover (Amazon). Click here or on the image to purchase Race from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. J. Kameron Carter’s recent book, Race: A Theological Account, is a wrench thrown into the frustratingly predictable modern academic discourse on race. In what will doubtless prove a landmark study on race, Carter engages the fields of theology, sociology,... Read More

Fiddling with the Melody: Illuminating von Balthasar’s Symphony of Truth

Truth is something of a lost art. Even a cursory reading of the primary texts of twentieth century philosophy will make us hesitant to talk about truth in any unqualified manner, and all the theology worth bothering about has listened very closely to these critiques. Here and there, however, we do find a theologian who is ready to guide us on a difficult journey, through these important critiques, to a place in which we can take up again the tools and instruments of the... Read More

Embracing Sister Death: The Fraternal Worldview of Francis of Assisi as a Source for Christian Eschatological Hope

The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is the mainspring of human activity—activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny for man. —Ernest Becker1 Praised by You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no one living can escape. —Francis of Assisi2 For many of us, death is our worst fear, while others ignore its existence completely. Still... Read More