Krista Dalton

When “Peace” is the Wrong Answer to #Ferguson

When “Peace” is the Wrong Answer to #Ferguson

At the time of writing this post, Michael Brown has been dead for over a week, joining the litany of people to die at the hand of the police in America. While the death of Michael Brown is not unique–for the US Bureau reports that “You…

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On Reading More Women: Examining Our Consumption Habits

On Reading More Women: Examining Our Consumption Habits

Amidst the distinct fixtures of Columbia University’s campus, Butler Library’s indomitable gray stone walls—or, to be more precise the names engraved upon its walls—ignite controversy like match struck to tinder. Etched into the façade are 18 names representing famed authors at the heart of the…

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Who Exactly Were The Ancient Jews? At least according to Seth Schwartz

Who Exactly Were The Ancient Jews? At least according to Seth Schwartz

Recently Cambridge University Press released its newest publication in the expansive “Key Themes in Ancient History” series by the prominent historian Seth Schwartz, amorphously entitled The Ancient Jews from Alexander to Muhammad. Those with even a peripheral knowledge of ancient history will know that such…

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God and the Gay Christian: A Review

God and the Gay Christian: A Review

Not more than a few hours after its official release, Matthew Vines’ new book God and the Gay Christian began sparking intense debate. An evangelical Christian identifying as gay may seem like an oxymoron in today’s American discourse, yet Matthew’s story offers a sharp challenge— one can…

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Christian Seders? The New Religious Appropriation

Christian Seders? The New Religious Appropriation

Christian seders are taking the internet by storm this week, from how-to posts, why not-to posts, and even Jewish voices asking “what’s the problem?” Many Christians find the allure of the “Jewishness of Jesus” especially appealing during Holy Week. Desiring to experience a taste of…

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Aronofsky and Noah as Midrash (Or, What Does That Even Mean?)

Aronofsky and Noah as Midrash (Or, What Does That Even Mean?)

***This post is not a review of the film, so no spoilers unless you don’t know the story of Noah. And then in that case, SPOILER. The newest blockbuster Noah has generated a wealth of responses from members of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, many…

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Streams Run Uphill: Mihee Kim-Kort and Young Clergywomen of Color

Streams Run Uphill: Mihee Kim-Kort and Young Clergywomen of Color

“Being the other is not only a philosophical, social, political, or literary concept; it is a theological image. It speaks of a God of the margins, a God for the oppressed, a God who loves and pursues the stranger” (129). With powerful words such as…

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When Christian Feminism is Anti-Judaic

When Christian Feminism is Anti-Judaic

Christian feminism, pioneered in the 19th and early 20th centuries by such notable figures of Catherine Booth, Frances Willard, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, made huge strides in the advancement of women’s rights, religiously and politically. However, this advancement came at the cost of increasing anti-judaic rhetoric. In forming…

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When the Lenten Fast is Privilege

When the Lenten Fast is Privilege

First and foremost, clearly, please remember the poor, so that what you withhold from yourselves by living more sparingly, you may deposit in the treasury of heaven. Let the hungry Christ receive what the fasting Christian receives less of. Let the self-denial of one who…

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Feminism and Ordination: Or I Don’t Need the Bible in order to Have Common Sense

Feminism and Ordination: Or I Don’t Need the Bible in order to Have Common Sense

The other day I was discussing the topic of women’s ordination to ministry with a friend. We were hastening to answer a pointed imperative, “Prove women’s ordination with Scripture,” by digging through our stacks of go-to feminism books and hermeneutics. Yet in the midst of…

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