Interests: public theology, contemporary theology (especially where it diverges from orthodox or boring understandings), atheism/irreligion, mental illness and democracy, religious experiences, hermeneutics/literary theory, cultural theory, film theory, social explanations of religion (e.g., sociology/psychology/anthropology of religion), metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, analytic philosophy, Christology, civil liberties, religion and politics, science and religion, continental philosophy, critical theory, ethics, feminism, Foucault, historical Jesus, imprisonment/punishment, Kant, Heidegger, law, libertarianism/anarchism, Marx, Nietzsche, New Testament studies, Old Testament studies, patristics, philosophy of science, political philosophy, postmodernism, psychology, queer thought, revolutions, secularism, sociology, theological pluralism/theology of religions, Wittgenstein, Zizek, death of God
Some of these subjects I’ve delved into and enjoyed. I don’t pretend to be an expert in any of these areas. Others just sound cool. They might turn out to suck, so I’ll let you know. Maybe some of the topics interest me because they’re so against the norm. There’s something about critiquing the norm that fascinates me. Maybe it’s because I never felt I fit in anywhere and so I critique as an outsider. The main thing is that at best I’ve only dipped my toes in any of these topics (save NT studies). The whole point of this blog is to catalog my journey along the edges of human thought and see what kind of person I emerge as. The goal of this blog has only become more sensitive in my life now that I’m a father. I want to figure stuff out for my sake as well as my son’s. There will be thoughts there from my experience with Christianity, from the perspective of a father, from the perspective of one who isn’t truly committed to one philosophy or another, from the perspective of a critical person.