Archive For Theology-and-culture

Life’s Gumbo: Black Religious Experience and Culinary Culture

In just reading the title of the course, Black Religious Experience and Culinary Culture, I immediately began singing Jill Scott’s Fatback Taffy and thought of those massive dinners served after a revival Homecoming Sunday service. And, if you’re not from the South, you don’t know what you are missing. Admittedly, I’ve never actually had fatback […]

Read more March 23, 2016

“Is God’s Charity Broad Enough For Bears?”

I have a difficult relationship with the institution of the Church. Often, what drives me away from organized religion is the pressure to be the stereotypical Christian. In many churches, especially in the south, there is pressure to be a traditional fundamentalist, which feels very exclusive to those of us who don’t fit the mold. […]

Read more March 16, 2016

Hashtag to Movement

Hashtag. The night started with this one simple word. Years ago this (#) was just a symbol affectionately referred to as the ‘pound sign.’ But now it means much more. It allows people from across the nation and even across the world to join hands in causes bigger than their individual selves. This little symbol […]

Read more February 17, 2016

We have angered our common home

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, the Wake Forest School of Divinity hosted an interdisciplinary panel discussion around Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), in which Pope Francis calls for a holistic way of approaching climate change. We were honored to hear the responses to Laudato Si’ from four distinguished Wake Forest professors given their […]

Read more October 14, 2015

The Scopes Trial then and now

  “The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.” (WJ Bryan, 1925) “Here, we find today as brazen and as bold an attempt to destroy learning as […]

Read more September 23, 2015

More than just a flag

A version of this post initially appeared in the September 7, 2015 edition of The Tablet, Wake Divinity’s student publication. “Currently, black lives don’t matter,” according to Alicia Garza, co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The statement was articulated in response to an inquiry about the Confederate Flag being removed from South Carolina’s State Capital after the […]

Read more September 16, 2015