David Bentley Hart and the God of Mammon

David Bentley Hart and the God of Mammon

…The essay in question was Hart’s “Christ’s Rabble: The First Christians Were Not Like Us.” Aside from being a provocative title, this also prompted me to ask, “In what way?” Having voiced this aloud to myself in the dusty recesses of my parents’ basement, fear and anxiety came pouring in and I felt an unnatural compulsion to read the chapter in question.

On Blog Warfare: Snapshots at History’s Turn

On Blog Warfare: Snapshots at History’s Turn

Back in 2007-2008, the theoblogosphere was just starting to blow up. All of this was rather new, but household names were already being established: Congdon, Myers, Doerge. It was far from clear if these nascent sites of theological discourse would be permitted, allowed, and sanctioned by the gatekeepers of power and authority. Would this last or was it merely a passing fad?

The Devil in Metal: 5. The God Who Exceeds Our Naming

The Devil in Metal: 5. The God Who Exceeds Our Naming

The question pressed on us is this: as a Christian, is the only possible reaction to an album celebrating the Devil that of rejecting it as threatening to faith and decency or is there another way forward, one more ambiguous and apophatic in its gesturing?

The Devil in Metal: 4. Ghost’s Meliora

The Devil in Metal: 4. Ghost’s Meliora

Over against Behemoth’s The Satanist, which ended up creating an all-too-typical devil who simply celebrates domination, resentment, and oppression, there are other devils abroad in the realm, some of whom dance to a noticeably different beat. Sweden’s Ghost gives us one of these in their 2015 album Meliora.

Antichrist: 2. History and the gods

Antichrist: 2. History and the gods

Just when we think we’ve got him nailed down, Nietzsche has a tendency to surprise us. Take his thoughts on the gods. Though we might expect him to tell us otherwise, he declares that not all of them are bad. There are good goods, gods that do what they’re supposed to do, that enable their devotees to live well with the joys and sorrows of life. Why doesn’t the Christian God do this? What’s different about this divinity? The Antichrist offers an unnerving answer.

The Devil in Metal: 3. Black Mirror and Masculinity

The Devil in Metal: 3. Black Mirror and Masculinity

We saw in The Satanist, Behemoth’s 2014 album, that the Devil was the one who had been wounded, cast down, and whose rule and authority had been stripped away. The premier episode of Black Mirror’s most recent season offers a lens through which to better understand what’s at stake here. It’s a story as old as creation itself, that of masculinity gone awry.

Antichrist: 1. Christianity Against The World

Antichrist: 1. Christianity Against The World

If you’d asked my high school self if I’d ever end up being a fan of Frederich Nietzsche, my first response would’ve been, “Who?”, followed by my fearfully running away to bury my head in some apologetics book. Over the years, though, I’ve come to love Nietzsche, his work, and his passion.

God Liberates, Even in the Dark

God Liberates, Even in the Dark

Often, we're told that apophatic thinking and the liberating God are mutually exclusive. But what if there were another way forward, a way that recognizes that the God who outstrips us at every step along the way is also the One who overthrows the oppressors? Well, we'd be playing an entirely different ballgame, wouldn't we?

Batter up.

Your Faith is Not Enough

Your Faith is Not Enough

Does our life with God depend on our own abilities? Our own faith? Or something else? Perhaps, all of this misses the point. Perhaps, we've lost track of the thread that ties everything together. What if our security in God doesn't depend on us at all? What if it's been about God all along?

The Dazzling Darkness of God

The Dazzling Darkness of God

Gregory of Nyssa’s The Life of Moses is one of the most profound works of apophatic theology we have. Within the fairly simple context of an exposition of Moses’s life, Gregory traces out the contours of what it means to live a life oriented towards and perpetually moving into God. Enter: the darkness of God.