by John Ellis Of late, I’ve been studying the postcolonial (decolonization) theories of Frantz Fanon. Violent. Bloody. Absolute. In Fanon’s words, "Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world, is clearly an agenda for total disorder.” What is a Christian to do with postcolonialism? Please bear with me for a paragraph or … Continue reading Postcolonialism and Christian Ethics
by John Ellis I have grown to dislike and, finally, I think, reject the word/concept of worldview. Paradoxically, it is too tribalistic and not tribalistic enough. I’m going to work backwards and begin with “not tribalistic enough.” Or, at least, I’m going to try. As you’ll soon see, I believe, the two sides of the … Continue reading Should Christians Reject the Word/Concept of ‘Worldview?’ Yes. Maybe. Yes?
by John Ellis In the years to come, several things will stand out in my mind about Donald Trump’s presidency. Two things, though, seem to encapsulate his absurdist, chaotic, and damaging four years in the White House. The first took place on the day of his inauguration. The second on the day the election was … Continue reading Donald Trump: An Absurdist Play for the Ages
by John Ellis I haven’t checked its veracity, so I won’t link to it, but this morning I read a tweet claiming that a professing Christian confessed to the author of the tweet that, “he would shoot me if I were trying to ‘take away his way of life’.” While I don’t know if that … Continue reading On Election Day, Which City’s Gates Will You be Defending?
by John Ellis Sitting here while typing, my mail-in ballot is staring at me from the table beside my chair. Part of it is already filled out, but before completing the job there are a few state constitution amendments and county charter amendments I need to research. Until then, on the first page, serving as … Continue reading The Ethical Dilemma of Abortion and Voting for Donald Trump
by John Ellis In the spring of 1999, while sitting in Greenville, SC’s now extinct Haywood Road Cinemas, I contemplated the meaning of the red pill and the blue pill. In the weeks and months to follow, The Matrix’s philosophical puzzles posed interesting avenues that my burgeoning atheism was happy to travail. Vague and sophomoric … Continue reading The Anti-Gospel of ‘The Matrix’
by John Ellis A little over a month ago, a good friend posed a scenario to me: “If a family member or friend asks why you won’t be voting for Trump, how will you succinctly answer them?” Oddly enough, I had begun thinking about that very scenario a few weeks before our conversation and had … Continue reading A Concise (short) and Cogent Reason for Not Voting for Donald Trump
by John Ellis With the very first sentence of her powerful book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness Austin Channing Brown confesses, “White people can be exhausting.” No doubt, the responses from many white people to that short sentence only serve to underscore Brown’s admission. I must admit, I’m not … Continue reading Systemic Racism Is Exhausting, But Not for Me
by John Ellis I wrote and posted this article on my previous blog a few months ago (October 2019). It’s a topic that continues to concern me. And it’s a topic that exists within a larger cultural framework that prioritizes this earthly kingdom’s concerns over that of the Eternal Kingdom’s concerns. During a long phone … Continue reading The Gospel’s Relation to Social Justice and Mercy Ministries