In The New York Times, from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29, 2017.  How many times have academic theologians and religion scholars been mentioned?  Here goes: “The Dress: Honoring Tradition,” 9/27/17: Quotes Rabbi Daniel Nevins, dean of the Rabbinical School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. “Hugh Hefner, Who Built the Playboy Empire […]

In The New York Times, from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22, 2017.  How many times have academic theologians and religion scholars been mentioned?  Here goes: “Of God and War,” Sept. 22, 2017 (online, 9/24/17 in print): the theologians Sarah Sentinels and Gordon Kaufman “Merkel Stays Mum on Finance Ministry at Schaeuble’s Birthday Bash,” Sept. 18, […]

This post represents a (very, very slow) return/reboot of this site.  One task of this site will be to gauge the extent to which academic theology (and, correlatively, theological ethics/moral theology, and religion scholars generally) are recognized or given a voice in mainstream media.  While I will attempt this assessment at multiple levels, one level […]

David Brat’s interests in economics and Christian values received attention from Michelle Boorstein, a religion reporter for The Washington Post (article titled “David Brat’s Victory Comes with a Rise in the Crossroads of Religion and Economics,” June 14, 2014, Local Section of the Post).  She observes that Brat’s victory over now former House Republican Majority […]

These are interesting times for American politics.  Republicans in the House voted earlier today for their new majority leader in the wake of Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat by his Republican primary opponent David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.  The coverage on Brat’s victory is ubiquitous, and in one New York […]

I recently participated in a seminar on Vatican Council II’s Gaudium et Spes.  In the seminar, I was reacquainted with the Council’s claim that the Church (in this context, Catholicism) respects “the relative autonomy of the earthly affairs of the state” (paragraph 30). One implication of this position is that the Church’s public role takes […]