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Matters of faith, philosophy, and theology were the center of intellectual debate at the beginning of the modern era. A previous age of traditions and institutions was being swallowed up by a wave of epistemological inquiry fueled by scientific discoveries and a rise in natural theology. These new pursuits put to question the relationship between faith and reason that Church…

Introduction
The purpose of this essay is to examine the legacy of Moses as a political leader in search of political order.  The Mosaic conflict with the Pharaonic world is of great significance to politics, although it has not attracted much interest from political scientists.  This field of study demands highly developed research skills in areas usually considered beyond the pale…

In his classic work A Secular Age, Charles Taylor argued that the shift away from religious and toward a secular worldview turns not sheerly on scientific, but more fundamentally upon ethical, considerations.  If, as materialism holds, the world is ultimately impersonal, then the demands of a personal God to evade activities that seem pleasant, natural, or innocent, struck some thinkers…

Papal writings concerning democracy and economics have occasioned much confusion and debate in the period following the close of the Second Vatican Council, especially since the ascension of John Paul II to the papacy in 1979.[1] At times, John Paul II and his successor, Benedict XVI, have been interpreted as re-emphasizing the principle of subsidiarity and the need for new…

Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers. Geoffrey M. Vaughan, ed. Washington D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2018.
 
“Strauss embraced classical philosophy over religious faith, not as a system of set doctrines, but as a ‘way of life’ following the model of Socrates, featuring a Socratic ignorance and a searching (zetetic) or erotic skepticism. In this view, the philosopher lives happily with merely…

The mystery of the liturgy coincides totally with the mystery of operativity
- Giorgio Agamben
 
In my opinion, Giorgio Agamben is the most important contemporary European theorist.  Political theology in the anarchist tradition, to which Agamben subscribes, has for its goal the exorcism of theology from political economy.
Though Agamben is a leftist, his argument is in the spirit of Eric Voegelin –…

We have endeavored to practice the craft of biblical interpretation along the lines of our participative approach, on the premise that all forms of interpretation might be helpfully viewed as forms of participation.  Obviously the precise form of the participation varies with the particular reality in which one is participating.  Participator and that in which one is participating need to…

Readers will likely know that Jesus studies and Christology, like other fields of study, exist within an intense conflict of approaches, stemming from the social and historical vectors noted in the first chapter.  Those interested might benefit from the following map.  Like all maps, it leaves much out; too much detail, and the roadways will not appear.  Since our participative…

What was most surprising to you as this book’s author?
There may yet be further surprises for me as time passes and I think back upon it. But let me share with you where I am on this right now. First, I was invited by the Dean of our local Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, ID, to offer a brief theological workshop…