Dystopian Fiction

What is the purpose of dystopian fiction? I’ve been reading some fiction in the category of “dystopian.” It is the opposite of “utopia,” and is usually associated with a future that is grim, violent, and repressive. You can find the chaos of this genre in books such as Hunger Games, more recently, and more famously,…

Reading In An Age of Barbarism

Reading in an Age of Barbarism* I’m continually struck dumb by the question of the value of reading. It is as if folks have forgotten how we all became participators in an incredible, albeit flawed, experiment known as western civilization. Many will say that civilization is founded upon the myth of violence. I suppose this…

Christian Nonviolence Is The Strong Position

Christian nonviolence is not the “weak” position. It is, in fact, along with Just-War Theory, a historically “Christian” practice. It is not weak because in the face of terror and violence, there is the image of God, maintained by the resolve of the peacemaker, and therefore bearing witness towards the one who decides to pervert…

Blade Runner 2049: in the ruins of christianity (spoilers!)

The future is bleak in Ridley Scott’s original 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. Considered ahead of its time, the original saw its now classic status only after seven different edits, and nearly thirty years of space. Starring Harrison Ford, the future depicted in the film is simultaneously technologically advanced, and dirty, where violence is assumed…

THE LIBERATION OF DIALOGUE

Kerygma, a Greek work in the New Testament for “preaching” – to cry or herald the salvation of Jesus. Or more specifically an approach that the early church took for oral history and proclamation.  More specifically, a storied approach that the early church took for oral history and proclamation.  Martin Accad, the famous missionary to the…

KILLING GODS IN THE DESERT

In Roman culture, the first “atheists” were these peculiar Christian types. They rejected the influence of the gods in their lives, a kind of fulfilled Socratic vision with the Nazarene, Jesus, at the center. This was the pre-Christian world; a world filled with pagan idolatry and sexual governance because most of these Roman gods contained some…

The Tears of James Comey

Many D.C. bars opened early the morning of James Comey’s testimony before a congressional hearing. The air seemed tense, and cameras were flashing like the strobe lights in a club as former FBI director Comey took to the stand. The public had already received his prepared speech, so there was much that was already deconstructed, like…