ARTICLES

Adam Wood - Disembodied Souls Without Dualism: Thomas Aquinas on Why You Won’t Go to Heaven When You Die (but Your Soul Just Might)

I argue in defense of a particular answer to the question “what happens to us after we die?”
While not much discussed nowadays, it was, I believe, the view of Thomas Aquinas. The
view is that while human souls are capable of surviving death in a disembodied state, and
remain in that state capable of certain types of conscious experiences, human persons cease
to exist at death. I defend first the “cessationist” aspect of this view, arguing that we can best
make sense of the tremendous importance the Christian tradition places upon the bodily
resurrection if we maintain that human persons cease to exist between dying and rising
again. I then defend the “dualist” aspect of the view, offering several reasons for thinking
that human souls survive death. I conclude by responding to a series of philosophical and
theological objections. Adam Wood is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.

 

Christine Jeske - Are We Underthinking Underemployment?: Toward a More Inclusive Theology of Vocation

Does the way Christians talk about work apply only to the privileged? For the majority of
the world’s people, fulfilling work is far from attainable. Even in the United States during
unprecedented high employment, college graduates have become more likely to work in
jobs that are low-paying, part-time, or not requiring a college degree. Meanwhile much
scholarly and popular discourse on vocation assumes that each individual can craft a rewarding
career journey. Christine Jeske recommends three shifts in theological discourse
of work and vocation to better address disappointments in work. Christine Jeske is an Assistant
Professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College and author of three books including
the forthcoming The Laziness Myth (Cornell).

 

Geert Heetebrij - Subversive Christian Allegory in In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Overlooked by film critics, screenwriter Stirling Silliphant crafted subversive Christian
allegory into his Academy Award-winning adaptation of mystery novel In the Heat of the
Night
. This essay demonstrates that Silliphant reframed both the book’s main character,
Virgil Tibbs, and the book’s murder victim as countercultural Christ-figures who confront
the lifeless and racist cultural Christian religion of the 1960s American South. The film’s
subversive theological aesthetic thus marshals religion to advance its urgent argument for
social change. Geert Heetebrij is Assistant Professor of Film and Media at Calvin University.

 

REFLECTION

David Lyle Jeffrey and Jeff Levin - Are the Wages of Sin Really Death?: Moral and Epidemiologic Observations

In this article we document correlations between practices once regarded as sinful, both
personal and social, and medical evidence of increased morbidity and decreased longevity.
We suggest that more attention needs to be given to such correlations, especially considering
the escalation of costs associated with maintaining good public health, and further, that
ancient and medieval virtue ethics offer still pertinent insight into the importance of moral
health for wholistic preventative medicine. David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor
of Literature and the Humanities at Baylor University. Jeff Levin is University Professor of
Epidemiology and Population Health at Baylor University.

 

 

EXTENDED REVIEWS

Rebecca C. Hong - Black Dignity / White Fragility—An Extended Review

Rebecca C. Hong is Senior Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment at Loyola Marymount University.

 

Lenore M. Knight Johnson - Death and Life in Chicago—An Extended Review

Lenore M. Knight Johnson is associate professor of Sociology and co-director of the Honors
Program at Trinity Christian College.

 

Jeremy Norwood - We Are the Voice of the Grass—An Extended Review

Jeremy Norwood is Professor of Sociology at Spring Arbor University and serves as Chair of the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice.

 

Justin Ariel Bailey - Deep Focus and Cinematic Faith—An Extended Review

Justin Ariel Bailey is assistant professor of theology at Dordt University. His research explores
the intersections of Christian theology, culture, and ministry, and his forthcoming book
is entitled Reimagining Apologetics: The Beauty of Faith in a Secular Age (IVP Academic, 2020).