Below are some papers I have written. If I’m not too timid, I will continue adding papers to this page from time to time. Feedback is always welcome.
“Paradoxes of Faith in Kierkegaard and de Lubac”
Presented at the ‘Belief and Metaphysics’ Conference in Granada, Spain on September 15, 2006. A slightly edited version of my original appears alongside a bunch of other really good essays in the Belief and Metaphysics volume in the Veritas series through the Centre of Theology and Philosophy and published by SCM Press. This is now in print.
“A Theological Reading of Language: Postliberals After Wittgenstein”
Written for a class on contemporary theology and also posted here on the Church and Postmodern Culture blog.
“The New Perspective on Paul: A Survey of Scholarship”
Written for my MA New Testament class called “Intro to Christian Origins and New Testament,” this is a survey on the scholarship in the past 30 years involving what is called the “New Perspective on Paul.” It is mainly a treatment of Krister Stendahl, E.P. Sanders, James D.G. Dunn, N.T. Wright, and ends with Douglas Harink’s Paul Among the Postliberals, which is very much in the same vein.
“The Gift in Stranger than Fiction”
Written for a philosophy seminar class on Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida (taught by Prof. Heather Ross), this paper takes both a phenomenological and theological look at the movie Stranger than Fiction. It is divided in two parts: the first part is the explicitly Heideggerian/Derridean look at some key scenes in the movie (key texts: “On Time and Being”, and Given Time: I. Counterfeit Money), and the second half of the paper is an alternative look at the movie based on John Milbank’s work on the gift (key texts: “Can a Gift Be Given? Prolegomena to a Future Trinitarian Metaphysic”, and Being Reconciled).
“Truth and Contradiction: Graham Priest’s Dialetheism”
Written for a class called Metaphysics and Epistemology (taught by Dr. Rob Thompson), this paper explores some of the work of logician-philosopher Graham Priest, especially his contention that some contradictions are true. Mainly, I explore his essay “What Is So Bad About Contradictions?” which is published both in The Journal of Philosophy vol. 95 no. 8 (August 1998): 410-26 and as one of the opening essays in Priest, G., Beall, JC, and Armour-Garb, B. (eds.) The Law of Non-Contradiction: New Philosophical Essays (Oxford: OUP, 2004), pp. 23-40.; and I also look at idem, In Contradiction: A Study of the Transconsistent, 2nd ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Most of the non-classical logic stuff is way above my head, but I did the best I could with it.