Updates from the Conference Circuit

It’s that time of year: summer conferences! Since May, I’ve presented at four conferences. The first two focused on law and religion, the second two on virtue in business and in general. I am now preparing for three more conferences, which will round out not just the summer but the 2021/22 academic year as well.Continue reading “Updates from the Conference Circuit”

More reviews of A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty

Reviews of my book can now be found in Studies in Christian Ethics and the Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Theory. My sincere thanks to Allen Calhoun and David Hodge for their generous words and insights. Their reviews can be found through the links above—though, journal subscriptions may be necessary. TheContinue reading “More reviews of A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty”

Article: Religious Deviance and Psychological Medicine in the Second Great Awakening

In our first co-authored publication, Mark W. Lee (Crandall University, Canada) and I examine asylum narratives to explore tensions between the religious self and society in nineteenth-century Massachusetts. “Religious Deviance and Psychological Medicine in the Second Great Awakening: the Asylum Narratives of Elizabeth T. Stone (b. 1811)” is an open access article in the JournalContinue reading “Article: Religious Deviance and Psychological Medicine in the Second Great Awakening”

Lectures: Character formation at Trinity Law School

Last week, I wrote and recorded two guest lectures for an elective course on ethics, law, and public policy at Trinity Law School, California. Using the parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16: 1-8) as an illustration, the first lecture introduces students to the virtue of practical wisdom, showing how it (phronesis) directs the otherContinue reading “Lectures: Character formation at Trinity Law School”

Updates: Journal of Church and State, and Developing a Christian Mind

Two exciting updates. My friend and co-author (Prof. Mark Lee) and I have a forthcoming article in OUP’s Journal of Church and State. “Religious Deviance and Asylum Medicine in the Second Great Awakening” explores the life and writings of Elizabeth T. Stone (b. 1811), a New England evangelical who was incarcerated by her family andContinue reading “Updates: Journal of Church and State, and Developing a Christian Mind”

Reviews of A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty

Two reviews of my book are now available online. My sincere thanks to the reviewers for their time and thoughtful engagement with the text. You can download the reviews through the links below. ‘A notable contribution of the book is its attentiveness to the “anatomy of group agency” … Instead of pitting the rights ofContinue reading “Reviews of A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty”

Lecture: Religious institutionalism at Oxford’s University Church

I recently spoke to the Graduate Theological Society at the University of Oxford about the moral foundations of religious institutionalism (or church autonomy doctrine) in the United States. James Hooks, a DPhil student, led the discussion. We spoke around the following theses: A predominate view of religious institutionalism tends to reduce the value of housesContinue reading “Lecture: Religious institutionalism at Oxford’s University Church”

Year in Review 20/21

As a new academic year begins, I look back on the previous twelve months in gratitude. Many thanks to my wonderful colleagues, mentors, family, and friends who’ve been with me along the way. I look forward with hope and excitement to the coming year. Proverbs 16:9. Sept Book was published 3-year postdoc in the FacultyContinue reading “Year in Review 20/21”

Essay: Barry scholar James Pennell responds to my essay on church autonomy

James Pennell, a Barry Scholar at the University of Oxford, penned a response to my latest article for the Canopy Forum. He agrees that Christians should resist the Lockean image of religious associations, which views churches as mere loci for voluntarily consenting individuals. James, however, argues that courts need not affirm the truth of theContinue reading “Essay: Barry scholar James Pennell responds to my essay on church autonomy”

Essay: Church autonomy and the corpus mysticum tradition

Today, the Canopy Forum at Emory University published my essay on church autonomy and the corpus mysticum tradition. I argue that church communities should reflect on the extent to which they’ve ‘bought into’ individual rights-talk, especially when describing themselves as religious groups. This individualist (or voluntarist) tendency can skew their ecclesiological self-understanding and contribute toContinue reading “Essay: Church autonomy and the corpus mysticum tradition”