This article brings science and theology into conversation by looking at the Human Genome Project through the lens of theological anthropology. For example, the biblical portrayal of Wisdom as the creative logic of the universe can absorb the insights into the connection of all life gained from the study of DNA, and Wisdom‘s embodiment in Jesus can challenge the discriminatory use of DNA.
This book explores a story that Martin Luther told to encourage people in despair. In the story a woman resists the devil‘s temptation to despair with the words “I am a Christian.” Part one of the book examines what that confession meant to Luther and why it was important to him. Part two investigates the woman‘s identity. Part three applies the story to modern forms of despair.
This article is addressed to those who work for justice and see no results. It pursues the question of why Jesus does not set John the Baptizer free from captivity. My answer is that Jesus enters into captivity, too, in order to work from the inside out, breaking the very system itself that continuously imprisons people. This approach looks like weakness, but it is strength.
This article presents Luther‘s advice to those tempted to despair, especially by a bad conscience: Do not weigh your good and bad actions to determine your worth in God‘s eyes, but remember your baptism into Christ.
This article is related to my book ―I Am a Christian‖. It recounts the stories of two medieval nuns, one succumbing to the temptation to harm herself, and the other fighting such despair by confronting the devil with Christ. It gives the example of a modern Christian woman using the second nun‘s strategy to deal with the difficult emotions expressed in self-harm
This article explains how Athanasius used Middle Platonic ideas of Form to present Jesus as the ideal Form of Humanity, in which Christians participate through faith. In such participation, the image of God that had been lost by sin, is restored forever because it is divinized in Christ, and thus it is eternal and indestructible.
This article reminds readers that the church is not a place but the body of Christ connected across the globe. It describes the hopes and fears of Palestinian Christians and calls the rest of the church to respond to this hurting member.