Eschatological Despair, Part 3: The Hyperreality of the Here and Now

by John Ellis To help explain the concept of hyperreality, Jean Baudrillard liked to draw his readers and listeners attention to Epcot Center. Commenting on the theme park’s World Showcase pavilions, the famed sociologist would ironically muse on how much “better” Disney’s version of Europe is than the real thing. Better food and less travel … Continue reading Eschatological Despair, Part 3: The Hyperreality of the Here and Now

Should Christians Reject the Word/Concept of Worldview?: Part 2

by John Ellis A little after 2am this morning, I woke up. That’s not unusual; as I approach 50, the platitude “sleep like a baby” makes more and more sense. It makes more and more sense by way of contrast, to be clear. What was semi-unusual about this morning is that I couldn’t get back … Continue reading Should Christians Reject the Word/Concept of Worldview?: Part 2

Should Christians Reject the Word/Concept of ‘Worldview?’ Yes. Maybe. Yes?

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?

Eschatological Despair, Part 2

(Read part 1 by clicking here.) by John Ellis For the longest time, Derrida famously refused to allow a photo of himself to be included on his books’ dust jackets. Besides his desire to undercut the fetishization of the author, he also rejected author photos on the basis of what philosopher John McDowell has called … Continue reading Eschatological Despair, Part 2

White Evangelicalism: Witness to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 2: The Folly of the Cross

by John Ellis “[I]n embodying the cross, the church throws into question Everyman’s everyday assumptions about the meaning of life and the human good.” Kevin Vanhoozer[1] Religion is not a private matter – true religion, that is. The cross demands otherwise. Multiple times, the Gospels record Jesus’ enjoinment to his disciples to take up their … Continue reading White Evangelicalism: Witness to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 2: The Folly of the Cross

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

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

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

Evangelicalism’s Race Up the Tower of Babel’s Stairs

by John Ellis Kierkegaard believed that marriage is the “deepest form of revelation.” While not factual, the truth embedded in Kierkegaard’s belief makes forgiving his error well-worth it. The deepest form of revelation is Jesus Christ, and if you want to include the Word, so be it, I will happily concur. In Ephesians 5, though, … Continue reading Evangelicalism’s Race Up the Tower of Babel’s Stairs