Jokers to the Left of Me, Clowns to the Right: Bernie and Business Rhetoric

There is one thing in particular that concerns me about the Bern Revolution: the carelessness of thought exhibited by many of its followers.  More exactly, the disregard for understanding the many facets of business that are currently being demonized, particularly with the rhetoric used by Bernie’s campaign. All of a sudden, folks that have claimedContinue reading “Jokers to the Left of Me, Clowns to the Right: Bernie and Business Rhetoric”

Antiques and the Refuse of Capitalism

A serene sense of dread floods my mind when I peruse the garbage dumps of late capitalism: antique stores. While many folks peruse the aisle and “booths” of a bygone era and admire the musty, dusty, smell, all I see is a bunch of old stuff that no one else wants…not even the owners ofContinue reading “Antiques and the Refuse of Capitalism”

Jesus is NOT the “reason for the season”

  First, there is Christmas… Then, there is farce… The subtle denial of a Holy-day that is held delicately in the balance of adoration and consumption, with the latter giving way to our actions while the former  is trapped in our sensibilities. Our very way of celebrating it dialectically usurping its truest image. As weContinue reading “Jesus is NOT the “reason for the season””

God is Nothing: Lacan Wrestles with Thing 1 & Thing 2

“In the symbolic order, the empty spaces are as signifying as the full ones; in reading Freud today, it certainly seems that the first step of the whole of his dialectical movement is constituted by the gap of an emptiness” -Jacques Lacan in his “Response to Jean Hyppolite’s Commentary on Freud’s ‘Verneinung.’” Everyone wants something. Continue reading “God is Nothing: Lacan Wrestles with Thing 1 & Thing 2”

Jesus and the Occupy Movement: Why the Political Left (& Right) needs the Church

As the single largest conference of the leftist and liberal political agendas gathered this Week at Pace University in NYC, I found myself wandering back through my own experience of this Conference and wanting to offer some ruminations not only on its seminal importance, but also its shortcomings as a movement. When I went toContinue reading “Jesus and the Occupy Movement: Why the Political Left (& Right) needs the Church”

Christianity and Capitalism: The Enigma of Capital

Protests at Zuccotti Park A Small Explanation This review is forthcoming in the next Review and Expositor Theological Journal. The theme of the Spring 2013 issue is “Christianity and Economics” and it is largely the product of a series of papers presented by myself and a host of other academic and pastoral colleagues at lastContinue reading “Christianity and Capitalism: The Enigma of Capital”

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