Interests: activism for the underprivileged, public religion, critical theology, atheism/irreligion/secularism, mental illness and democracy, religious experiences, hermeneutics/literary theory, cultural theory, social explanations of religion (e.g., sociology/psychology/anthropology of religion), philosophy of religion, civil equality, religion and politics, continental philosophy, critical theory, ethics, feminism, Foucault, historical Jesus, imprisonment/punishment/prison reform, religion and law, Marx, Nietzsche, postcolonialism, Weber, Durkheim, Charles Taylor (philosopher not the war criminal), critical biblical studies, political philosophy, postmodernism, psychology, queer thought, race, revolutions, sociology, theological pluralism/theology of religions, Zizek, death of God thought, LGBT issues, disability, Bourdieu, Bruce Lincoln, Russell McCutcheon, labor/unions.
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 fringes 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 practice. The goal has only become more sensitive in my life now that I’m a father. I want to have good reasons for my opinions, though I sometimes have the suspicion that I don’t need any. 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.