The Digital Public Square

Each day we are confronted with the realities of living in a digital society that challenge some of our most basic understandings of truth, the nature of faith, and even the idea of a public square. How do we chart our a distinctly Christian vision for digital engagement and promote the common good throughout our society?

Tribes, Trolls, and the Power of Technology

For more than a decade I have worked at the intersection of the two things we are told not to bring up at holiday gatherings: religion and politics. These topics often elicit visceral reactions—especially conversations about politics, which at times take on a religion-like fervor.

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What is the proper role of ethics in the Christian life?

In 1876, German Lutheran theologian Christoph Ernst Luthardt eloquently illustrated the relationship between theology and ethics. He wrote, “God first loved us is the summary of Christian doctrine. We love Him is the summary of Christian morality.” The wedding of…

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Does AI Threaten the Human Future?

Everyone’s been trying to get up to speed on artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in our society since the public release of ChatGPT by OpenAI in November 2022. ChatGPT became the fastest-growing consumer application in history, amassing over 1 million users…

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Book Review: The Wolf in Their Pockets

In the last few years, a considerable shift has occurred in how we think about the role of social media in our lives. We were once deluded by promises of…

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Asking the Hard Questions About Our Faith and Our World

For this last installment of the book lists for my upcoming fall classes at Boyce College, we will focus on a class I have been teaching for a few years…

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Pursuing the Good Life in Public

For part two of the book lists for my fall courses at Boyce College, we are turning to one of my favorite classes to teach: Religion in the Public Square….

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Conversations on theology, ethics, and philosophy in the public square


Ethics, Creation Care, and the Distinctives of the Christian Approach to the Environment with Andrew Spencer

In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Andrew Spencer to talk about his new book entitled Hope for God’s Creation: Stewardship in an Age of Futility from B&H Academic….


Authoritarian Capitalism and the Global influence of the Chinese Communist Party with Bethany Allen

In this episode, I am joined by Bethany Allen of Axios to talk about her new book entitled Beijing Rules: How China Weaponized Its Economy to Confront the World from…