Wilson’s determinism and Hughes’s myths

Among my growing library of books on the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of humankind are two volumes by an author I've found especially influential:  Richard Hughes.  I have not read either of these books in their entirety; rather, I pick them up from time to time in order to achieve a fuller, more … Continue reading Wilson’s determinism and Hughes’s myths


Xposted: Battle/Armor Imagery and The Shield

I cross-post this pair of essays here primarily because they deal with a kingdom-related subtopic—the disconnect between (1) Christian life in the kingdom of God and (2) military battle/violence that supports the kingdoms of men.  These essays are specifically about the imagery Paul used in Ephesians 6.  In researching and presenting on that passage at … Continue reading Xposted: Battle/Armor Imagery and The Shield

Freedom reflections

"Freedom" is an English word which suggests a value held by most Americans—arguably, an innate value.  What, though, is the referent of "freedom"?  It depends on the context.  Are we talking about Scots in the feudal period (see my essay with a Braveheart connection here), 19th-century Africans-become-Americans on the move, Jews or Christians in the … Continue reading Freedom reflections