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”

Essay: How should Biden approach international religious freedom?

The Berkley Forum at Georgetown University has published a short essay I wrote in response to their latest editorial roundtable. They ask: how should the Biden administration approach international religious freedom? In my essay, I explore how U.S. foreign policy can be improved if we reimagine religion as a moral virtue. Read the full essayContinue reading “Essay: How should Biden approach international religious freedom?”

Video: What is corporate religious liberty? And writing updates

In early December, Blackfriars Oxford hosted a panel event to discuss my book on corporate religious liberty. You can find the full recording below. In the first 20 minutes or so, I discuss questions and themes raised in the book. Afterward, Professor Robert J. Matava (Christendom College) and Brett Bertucio (Wisconsin-Madison) share their thoughts. It’sContinue reading “Video: What is corporate religious liberty? And writing updates”

Book launch at Blackfriars Oxford

Recently, Blackfriars Hall — one of the Permanent Private Halls of the University and my college home in Oxford — hosted a book event for my thesis-turned-monograph, A Christian Approach to Corporate Religious Liberty. I’m most grateful to Blackfriars (especially Dr Clare Broome Saunders, Fr Bruno Clifton and Kinga RĂ³na-Gabnai) for their encouragement and logisticalContinue reading “Book launch at Blackfriars Oxford”