Wednesday, February 21, 2024

interview and upcoming talks

 The director of Princeton's Hellenic Studies program was kind enough to interview me about Mother of the Lamb. I will be there in April for two talks if you're in the Jersey area - hallowed birthplace of

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Thursday, February 08, 2024

Material Mysticism

 The wonderful folks at Comment have kindly asked me to start a column fusing art history and contemplation. Please sign up by inputting your email below (no, we won't spam you, and yes, it's free).

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Pilgrim in Bharat

Everyone's talking about the "Vedantic turn" in theology, so I went to India to sort it all out. Until I got sorted. The piece clocks in at about 2.73 miles per word. Bharat, of course, is changing quickly, and—especially in the north—her billboards and posters showed more interest in her G20 status than in her ancient spiritual tradition. Narendra Modi’s photo was more ubiquitous in Varanasi than Shiva’s. The glitz of Mumbai exceeds that of Hollywood. But the India I went in search of, thankfully, can still be found.

Here are the friends I made along the way, which you might recognize from the descriptions in the piece:


Friday, January 19, 2024

reviews, etc.

It was a delight to praise a recent book to the skies in Speculum, and I look forward to responding to Erika Doss's Spiritual Moderns at CAA next month through ASCHA. There is a generous new review (not yet online) of Mother of the Lamb by Greg Peters at Fides et Historiae, and here are some additional reviews and one of The Everlasting People. I have been asked to launch a column at Comment in the coming weeks, details to come.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Christmas #20

Indeed, two decades of millinerd are in the books. It's a substack world, but I expect to be the last blog standing. Here at headquarters, we're celebrating with the culmination of the Advent series at Comment, an essay on The Duelling Virgins of London. Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, December 18, 2023

Beyond Marquette's Mary

My long read Advent calendar of Marian pilgrimages continues at Comment Magazine, today's featuring a Guadalupe reflecting the First Nations of North America.


Monday, December 11, 2023

Thursday, November 23, 2023

The Christian Invention of Art

I lived with a not entirely true idea for nearly two decades until two recent books enabled me to finally give it up.  My latest at Comment on the beloved Barnes Foundation

The Palace of Lausos (or Lausus) in Constantinople (a Christian proto-museum)

The Barnes Foundation

Monday, October 16, 2023

Review and Revisiting

A very kind review of Mother of the Lamb by Jason Byassee entitled Grace Without Conquest, and a follow up to my essay on universalism (where DBH, among other interlocutors, chimes in).

Thursday, October 05, 2023

The Scandal of the Wiccan Mind

 I tried to connect with my inner goddess at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's what happened.

Friday, September 29, 2023

The Dream of the Nineties... alive in Wheaton. A "letter from the future" chapel talk for the 25th reunion of the Class of '98.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Monday, August 07, 2023

Native Non-Duality

Well, this piece at Comment ("Return to Bad River") inspired some vigorous reactions. Instead of casting myself as the decolonizing anti-racist hero, I tried to tell the truth, a truth that mandated me looking more than a bit ridiculous, and which cast the Ojibwe as the heroes, which they certainly were on the occasions of our visits, and which  I tried to relate in the piece they have been in much of the history of Wisconsin as well.

But it turns out that, for some at least, if you even mention Christianity, you are assumed to be a colonizer, and a racist one at that. (Nevermind that the faith has long been embraced by the Ojibwe themselves.) One might even go so far as to call the assumption that Christianity and Indigenous identity are to remain separate (despite all the evidence suggesting otherwise, over and over again) to be "dualistic." But so be it. The church has made enough mistakes that it may be the job of her representatives to suffer such anger today.

It's a good reminder that the space between the church and the powwow grounds (depicted below), is fraught. But this is all the more reason to traverse it when invited (as we were), however ridiculous we may look as we do.