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”

Essay: Why do restrictions on public worship cause “irreparable harm”?

My latest essay for the Canopy Forum elaborates upon two points raised by the U.S. Supreme Court in Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo (2020): that New York’s COVID restrictions on religious attendance would cause “irreparable injury” to Catholics, and that relaxing the restrictions “would not harm the public interest.” The Court doesn’t explain the theologyContinue reading “Essay: Why do restrictions on public worship cause “irreparable harm”?”

Philosophy, psychology, and prayer with Voice of Islam UK

What better way to begin the morning than with prayer? On this particular morning, I had the pleasure of discussing prayer as well — this time with the Voice of Islam UK on their live radio programme, The Breakfast Show. You can hear my segment from 1hr 04min to 1hr 19min in the SoundCloud playerContinue reading “Philosophy, psychology, and prayer with Voice of Islam UK”

Podcast: Group ontology and religious freedom with the New Books Network

Recently, Ryan Shelton (@ryoldfashioned), a host of the New Books Network (NBN), interviewed me for the network’s New Books in Christian Studies channel. I came across the NBN through Twitter and was immediately impressed by their user experience (clean, intelligent) and remit (to raise the level of public discourse by introducing scholars to a wideContinue reading “Podcast: Group ontology and religious freedom with the New Books Network”

Essay: Corporate personhood is a moral distraction

For hundreds and even thousands of years, legal concepts like corporate personhood have contributed positively to the economic and political organisation of our lives, allowing us (for example) to contract with hundreds of individuals simultaneously should they coordinate together under one corporate entity. A reduction in transaction costs and an increase in efficiency are butContinue reading “Essay: Corporate personhood is a moral distraction”

Discussing U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week with Voice of Islam UK

In this podcast, I am interviewed by the gracious hosts of Voice of Islam‘s radio programme, The Breakfast Show, about the U.N.’s upcoming World Interfaith Harmony Week (1–7 February). At minute 30, they provide an overview of Islam’s perspectives on peace, emphasizing a universal message of harmony and brotherhood. From minutes 43 to 56, IContinue reading “Discussing U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week with Voice of Islam UK”