Circling the Elephant:A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity by John Thatamanil (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers interested in religion, theology and especially inter-religious dialogue from a Christian perspective. What is the big take-away from this book: American Christians are already part of multiple religions, once we recognize the modern definition of world religion needs redefining and we then include consumerism, nationalism, capitalism and other…

Reflecting on the secular, our post-Christian culture and how I am learning to believe in fairies.

To read my newsletter, click here: https://mailchi.mp/4e59198fed4b/dave-hersheys-newsletter-5351690 You may have heard it said that we live in a “secular age” or a “post-Christian culture.” But what does that mean? After all, the majority of people (about 65%) in our country still identify as Christian, even if the numbers who are members of a church is…

#4 – White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert Jones

In each of these posts, I am sharing one of my top ten along with an honorable mention that is thematically similar. This was the toughest of all because both the books in this post could be #4. Its sort of a tie.White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert…

#8 – The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity by Eugene McCarraher (My Top Ten Reads of 2020)

This book is a brilliant work of history. Let’s start with another book. Charles Taylor’s book A Secular Age is a brilliant story of how the western world moved from a premodern age of enchantment to our current secular age. Refuting the commonly told subtraction story (we learned science and got rid of religion), Taylor…

Self-Interested Evangelicals

The pic is from this article: http://lifewayresearch.com/2020/09/29/most-evangelicals-choose-trump-over-biden-but-clear-divides-exist/ When asked who we hope our vote benefits most, 41% said “people like me” and 20% said “me and my family.” That’s 61% of evangelical Christians putting ourselves first. To be honest, this is disappointing but not necessarily surprising. It goes directly against the entire basis of our…

Are You a Christian or a Christian Nationalist? (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Part 2)

This is the second post in a series on Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy. You can read the first post here. Growing up, we had American flags in the front of our church. It wasn’t until years later that I saw something deeply wrong with that. Looking back, what we were taught it meant to…

Musings on Evolution, Science and the Bible

This post first appeared in my biweekly newsletter which you can read and subscribe to here: Why Now?My Evolving UnderstandingSpeaking with Wisdom and KnowledgeEvolution and the Point of ScriptureQuestions 1. Why Now?A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by my friend Andrew Carpenter for his Obscure Pastor podcast.  One of the things I shared…

A Few Thoughts on Beauty, Mystery, Love and Faith

If you were a young Christian growing up in the evangelical subculture around 1999, you knew who Josh Harris was. He wrote a best selling book about how he “kissed dating goodbye”, calling on his fellow you Jesus-freaks to be different then the world in our romantic relationships. His book influenced many young relationships as…

#25 – Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson (My 100 Favorite Books)

This may be the most controversial entry on my list, as the author has become famous (or infamous) in recent years.  I read this book in 2014 on the recommendation of a friend, found it wordy and challenging, posted a review on Goodreads and that was it.  At the time there were maybe ten total…

#30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you want to start a fight, talk about religion.  Or politics.  OR BOTH! For much of my adult life, I've wrestled with what it looks like to apply my faith to public life.  This especially becomes a question during election season, when some Christians speak as if the entire fate of the world rests…