A recent fine-grained archaeological study in the Southern Levant (Eastern Mediterranean region) by the University of Tel-Aviv has brought to light some startling, even disturbing facts about our human ancestors. It covered 58 prehistoric sites and sifted through 133...
An Advent Reflection
The Advent Season invites us to revisit the ancient foundations and look forward to a new Church Year. Having been drawn for the last three days into to birth narratives of Jesus, Barbara and I were touched this morning by Simeon’s prophecy. As he takes the infant...
Science and the Wisdom of God
It is no secrete that many scientists are committed to the idea that scientific knowledge is the only knowledge there is. This “myth of objectivity” (as I call it) denies the presence of subjective experiences in their work such as fascination with the mystery they...
The Baby Picture of the Universe and Its Meaning
Many elements of the universe whirl around us whose presence we neither see nor feel. Radio waves or Wi-Fi signals are good examples. One other source of great significance is the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. The CMBR is the brightest object in the universe...
Tiny Brain — Large Intelligence or Natural Evil in Deep Time?
We commonly associate intelligence with advanced brain development, even with large (mammalian) brains of chimpanzees and dolphins, creatures well-known for their intelligence. Conversely, we do not expect intelligent behavior from tiny brains. Yet, the fauna of...
Gymnastics: A Cosmic Sport?
When athletes hurl themselves into the air to perform a flip, the only force acting on them is gravity. But since gravity only affects their “center of mass,” it cannot apply forces in a way that changes the athlete’s spin. But the gymnasts can do that for themselves...
The Incarnation and Atomic Indestructibility
· At the atomic level we encounter a phenomenon unknown elsewhere in the creation. Atoms are indestructible. Applying this understanding to the Incarnation, we cannot but make some surprising, unthought of, discoveries. Take the oxygen atoms of the air Jesus and the...
The Awesome Wholeness of Creation
In Cosmos and Revelation, I wrote on page 108: “An astonishing feature of this vast and complex cosmos is its underlying wholeness. What alerts us to this possibility is the absence of solid, measurable building blocks of matter when we look deeper into its structure,...
Beyond the Limits of Language
In his paper to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Nashville, TN, on November 22, 2000, Neil Douglas-Klotz drew attention to the limits of language when it comes to describing the modern discoveries science, a matter of great relevance for this...
“The Scientific Challenge for the Church in the Work of Arthur Peacocke.” St Mark’s Review 221, no. 3 (September 2012): 14–30.
“Wisdom as the Interdisciplinary Space for Science and Theology.” AEJT 18, no. 3, (2011):211–218.
Human Rights in Crisis
Relying on René Girard’s theory of mimetic desire and the dramatic theology of Raymund Schwager, I examine the fragility and failure of the human rights system when faced with escalating global violence. One of my central concerns is the human condition that makes violence foundational to the social order. I also argue that the human rights crisis is neither an accident nor a shortfall in implementation but the result of subconscious, collective structures of civilization itself. In the theological key, I relate the notion of imitative desire to data of Christian hope enabling the reader to reflect on important questions of human rights from a fresh perspective.
“Jesus’ Path to a New Social Order: Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.”
“Anatomy of Violence: A psychological reflection with a theological twist” (unpublished research paper).
“Terrorism: Icon of Resentment” (unpublished working paper).
“Hope—Essential and Abundant.” AEJT 15 (January 2010): 1–10.
“The Ambiguity of Human Rights and the Politics of God” (unpublished research paper, 2010).
“The Representational Grounds of Human Mimesis.” (unpublished research paper, June 2020).
“The Church and the Rhetoric of Expulsion.” (unpublished research paper, September 2021)