Walter Mitty and the Silencing of Eschatological Despair

by John Ellis Movement fueled my childhood imagination. Gazing out the window of the family van on the way to school, the stops halted my imaginary exploits. The sandy grass, weeds, and fences whizzing by the window while the vehicle was in motion are what served as my muse. As grass gave way to asphalt … Continue reading Walter Mitty and the Silencing of Eschatological Despair

White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 1: The State of Evangelicalism in America

by John Ellis “The temptations of political and cultural power have been strong for white evangelicals.”[1] Thomas Kidd A recent poll conducted by Pew Research uncovered that 36 percent of self-professing evangelicals in America believe that causal sex is sometimes or always acceptable. Pew defines casual sex as “sex between two consenting adults who are … Continue reading White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 1: The State of Evangelicalism in America

White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Introduction

by John Ellis White evangelicals in America have a problem.[1] Well, problems. So much so, in fact, that the fault lines have grown to the point where the white evangelical church in America appears to be on the verge of being rendered irreparably asunder into multiple factions. An argument can be made that these factions … Continue reading White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Introduction

The ‘New Nirvana Song’ Unwittingly Refutes Materialism

by John Ellis “Computers are bad phenomenologists.” Sarah Bakewell[1] Formalism was always doomed. Intriguing as a theory, its very existence disproves itself. As Wayne Booth commented in his introduction to Mikhail Bakhtin’s masterful Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, “Everyone who has pronounced thus boldly for a purified form has been confronted with the scandalous fact that … Continue reading The ‘New Nirvana Song’ Unwittingly Refutes Materialism

An Argument Against Group Discussions in Adult Sunday School Classes

by John Ellis Whenever “who has a question?” was floated by the teacher to the Sunday school class, I never needed to turn around in my front seat to know whose hands had shot up. And I also knew that most of them didn’t really have a question, but an opinion they believed the entire … Continue reading An Argument Against Group Discussions in Adult Sunday School Classes

Art for Art’s Sake is Idolatry

by John Ellis Borrowing and, as his objective suited, warping Aristotle’s aesthetic disinterestedness, Lord Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper) helped create the notion of art for art’s sake. The aesthetic ideals of John Locke’s famed pupil prioritized the enjoyment of beauty for beauty’s sake apart from utility. A true response to art does not broach the … Continue reading Art for Art’s Sake is Idolatry

Apparently, I Am a Mother and a Wife (Except I’m Not)

by John Ellis In a recent article, Scott Sauls asks men and women to consider their gendered selves and to strive to connect as men and women for God's glory and the good of the Kingdom. Amen, and ... amen? As a way into into his argument, Sauls leans on the bestseller Men Are from … Continue reading Apparently, I Am a Mother and a Wife (Except I’m Not)

You Do Not Have the Right to Have an Opinion About Everything (at least, you don’t have the right to have your opinion considered)

by John Ellis Hamartia: a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine One of the more dangerous and destructively consequential furies released from the Enlightenment’s Pandora’s Box is the democratization of knowledge. By democratization of knowledge, for the purpose of this article, I mean the hubris of believing that all … Continue reading You Do Not Have the Right to Have an Opinion About Everything (at least, you don’t have the right to have your opinion considered)

Do You Read Primary Sources? If Not, You Should

by John Ellis I’m enjoying working through Stuart Hackett’s The Resurrection of Theism: Prolegomena to Christian Apologetics. A dense book, in which Dr. Hackett interacts and contends with some of the world’s greatest thinkers throughout the ages as he makes his argument, it does not make for breezy reading. The Resurrection of Theism most likely … Continue reading Do You Read Primary Sources? If Not, You Should

Political Theology (Part 1): What’s In a Question?

by John Ellis Preface: Dear reader, thank you for clicking on this article. I’m assuming that there is a good chance that this is not the first article of mine that you have read. You may even know me personally. However, if this article is your introduction to me and my writing, no worries, this … Continue reading Political Theology (Part 1): What’s In a Question?