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The Mountain Beyond

In March of 2003, I returned to Haiti for the first time in two decades. I was aching from hours of stooped sitting in the minivan from Cap Haitian to Papay in the Central Plateau. For the past few days, members and supporters of the Papay Peasants Movement (MPP) had come on foot and mules, on the colorful tap tap buses with names like “God Come to My Rescue.” They came carrying sleeping mats of straw and neat bundles tied with rope as their sole possessions, and they... Read More

Telling Evangelical Histories Otherwise: An Interview with Peter Heltzel

Peter Heltzel’s Jesus and Justice traces the history of evangelicalism in America through a lens otherwise. While many evangelical histories recognize the significance of white leaders and theologians, Heltzel shows that black church life and spirituality also gave a vital witness to, and indeed preserved, the Christian gospel throughout the more treacherous moments of the American story. In this interview, Heltzel talks about his work, why such histories need to be... Read More

Still Thirsty: After the Election, Belair, Haiti

February 12, 2006 women and children encircled the broken pipe tongues depressed dry buds colored carmine licked libations from the spout intoxicated bellies with sustenance Five days after the election women and children encircled the broken pipe carried cerise painted pails baptized terra cotta cotton dresses and trousers for petit Jean Paul On a Sunday women and children encircled the broken pipe prepared pots pour soupe giromon prepared pots for squash soup A gathering of... Read More

Bono’s Dream of Capitalism without Capital? Don’t You Dare Steal My Enjoyment!

Enjoy Your Capitalism while It Lasts In his early, groundbreaking workTarrying with the Negative, Slavoj ?i?ek opens up a novel, unchartered terrain of both “postmodern” thinking and the possibility of serious philosophical and theological reflection on a broad conceptual space that was just then beginning to exfoliate—the problem of globalization. In the book, ?i?ek leverages his now trademark Lacanian reading of German idealism, especially Kant and Hegel, to offer... Read More

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: An Interview with Eugene McCarraher, Part Three of Three

In the rapidly changing political and economic conditions of our time, it is important that we consider existential questions of how to live as Christians. As we seek to answer these questions, historian Eugene McCarraher offers an incisive, prophetic voice from that rare vantage point of historical competency and theological literacy. In part one of our interview with McCarraher, he talks about some salient themes emerging in the 2000s, including the credulity of the U.S.... Read More

Scalp Locks, Gaia, and the Incarnation: History and Theology in James Cameron’s Avatar

DISCLAIMERS: (1) There are spoilers ahead. (2) I am neither a well-read theologian nor a seasoned film critic, so take all of this with a grain of salt (or, as they do on Pandora, with a grain of unobtainium). There are few movies that haunt me, that move beyond entertaining, even beyond immersive, to create an experience that lingers. In these rare encounters, I walk away moved, sometimes even provoked. In a masterful stroke of filmmaking, James Cameron’s Avatar left... Read More

The Revivification of Racial Reconciliation: Peter Heltzel’s Jesus and Justice, an Engagement with Evangelicals, Justice, and Race

Peter G. Heltzel. Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009. 288 pages. $25.44 hardcover (Amazon). Click here or on the image to purchase Jesus and Justice from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. For many years, American discourse on race has focused solely on the oppression caused by racial discrimination and even the racial categories themselves. Then, Americans began looking toward the future,... Read More

Race and Hospitality: Pursuing Racial Reconciliation through Derrida’s Understanding of Hospitality

With the historic 2008 presidential campaign in the United States, the question of race again came to the fore of the American consciousness.1 In this campaign, we saw a number of racially charged news stories–Bill Clinton likened Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson during the South Carolina primary, Rev. Jeremiah Wright riled the nation up with his controversial words, and many in the Republican Party wondered aloud if Barack Obama might be a Muslim or Arab, to name but a few.... 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

Blessed Are the Organized—Solidarity, Finitude, and the Future of Pluralistic Democracy: An Interview with Jeffrey Stout, Part II

In this wide-ranging interview, Jeffrey Stout reflects upon some of the themes of his 2004 book Democracy and Tradition. He also describes the personal and biographical motivations that have shaped his intellectual orientation, one he describes as “Emersonian Perfectionism,” including the impact that such writers as Emerson and Thoreau had upon his early thought. Stout’s reflections on Walden suggest that its discussion of “sleepers” had the same awakening effect... Read More