“Simply put, it is unethical to theologize about the God-ordained existence or non-existence of another people or community of faith.” … More Critiquing Christian Zionism, Old and New
“Addressing events like what happened in Charlottesville means going beyond condemning the actions of individuals. The actions are bad. The ideas driving the actions are pernicious. The malevolent intellectual forces generating and refining those ideas to cynically motivate racial resentment are still worse.” … More “Only a Pawn in Their Game” – Charlottesville and Me
For many in the secular West, it is counterintuitive to think that more religious involvement, rather than less, is helpful in the present situation. If religion is part of the problem, how can it be part of the solution? … More Can Holy Leaders Stop Holy War in the World’s Holiest City?
“The unspoken thrust of these arguments is that the problem facing Christians and Jews in the Middle East today can be summed up in one word: Islam.” … More Media Critique: Identifying Allies for the Fight
“Liberal Christians have a tremendous capacity to domesticate radical concepts, conforming them to institutional interests and needs. Prophets, however, are precisely those who refuse to be conformed and domesticated.” … More Marks of the Prophetic
Any discussion of Christian extremism immediately invokes a notion of intra-Christian responsibility. It is much easier to externalize and ridicule than it is to take responsibility. And the first step toward taking responsibility is to seek understanding. … More Christian Zionism as Christian Extremism
This morning, I was happy to visit the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount in Jerusalem. All in all, this was probably the most intensely interreligious morning I’ve had in Jerusalem. But this place provides those sorts of opportunities. … More A Jerusalem Morning: Visiting the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif