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David J. Dunn, PhD
David is an independent scholar who works on political theology and theology of economics. He received is doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 2011. His dissertation explores ways the church can (and should) think about its role in secular culture, and is currently under contract with Wipf & Stock with the title Orthodoxy without Empire.

David's essays appear in The Ecumenical Edwards, Correlating Sobornost, and elsewhere.

David blogs at You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

David enjoys running, boring books, and watching his children grow up to surpass him in all things.

Entries by David J. Dunn, PhD

The Economics of the Eucharist: What the Bible Really Says About Communing Unworthily

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 4:50 PM

Perhaps no other passage of Scripture has contributed more to pious anxiety than what Paul wrote about the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians, "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment upon himself..." (1 Cor. 11.29). But what does this mean?...

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What Makes Orthodox Easter Different

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 11:19 AM

We recently celebrated Easter in the Orthodox Church. We also call it Pascha, which is a nod to the Jewish Passover. To be clear, when it comes to Orthodoxy and the church traditions that grew out of Rome, there is more that unites us than divides us, but what does...

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Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God? Do Any of Us?

(7) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 3:33 PM

Anyone who has doubted the intellectual bankruptcy of Evangelicalism needs only to look at Wheaton College. The "Harvard of Christian schools" has begun proceedings to fire Larycia Hawkins, so they claim, not because of a headscarf she wore in solidarity with Muslims, but because she had the audacity...

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The Biblical Fallacies of Economic Liberalism

(21) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 2:59 PM

David French, of the National Review, recently took to task "progressive Christians" who think that economic policy should consider the "common good." He gathers a smattering of biblical references (it seems, with considerable help from Google) to rebuke this economic heresy, but his lack of respect for context...

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The Pope Is Catholic. Get Over It!

(123) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:06 PM

News flash for progressives: Pope Francis is not one of you! He never has been. The same thing goes for conservatives. The man is just Catholic.

Don't get me wrong! This has been a different kind of pope, but he has not be all that different. What so many liberals...

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Kim Davis is Not a Hero

(74) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 8:26 PM

Kim Davis is a county clerk from Kentucky who was recently jailed for her persistent refusal to issue any marriage licenses because gay marriage violates her religious views. So naturally she has become a battleground in the culture wars. Liberals cast Davis as a backwards religious extremist who lacks the...

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An Opportunity for Christian Witness in Indiana's Anti-Gay Law

(113) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 4:54 AM

The state of Indiana just signed into law a bill that permits business owners to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. This is a despicable law. But it is also an opportunity. Christians in the state of Indiana (at least some of them) have an opportunity...

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Torture and the Moral Bankruptcy of Barack Obama (And the Rest of Us)

(18) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:44 PM

President Obama deserves credit for his candor. He admits that we tortured people after 9/11, and that our actions violate our highest ideals as a nation. But apologies are hollow if they are not followed by attempts to make amends. "Sorry" is a lie if it is only a word. President Obama...

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The Madness of Rev. Kurt Dunkle and the Trustees of General Theological Seminary

(28) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:41 AM

A few days ago, eight faculty members at the General Theological Seminary in New York went on strike until their one demand was met. What was that demand? A meeting.

As of this morning, they have all been fired.

Here's why you should care about this:

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Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

(9) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 9:23 PM

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed. If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting...

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Jesus Christ, Refugee

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Back in 2003 I drove past an Assemblies of God church sign that read, "Let's roll! USA! USA!" It was the run-up to the Iraq War, and the people of God were calling for bloodshed. We are doing it again. Children spill across our borders, and we hurry to...

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Why Christians Should Worry About Hobby Lobby's 'Victory'

(18) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:27 PM

Hobby Lobby won its case in the Supreme Court. It may now opt out of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, this family owned, for-profit corporation has the right to refuse insurance coverage of contraceptive methods to which it has "sincerely held" religious objections (see PDF...

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Love the Sinner? Love the Sin! Why Christians Should Make Cakes for Gay Weddings

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Christians are in the news again. This is almost never good. I mean, I love my people. Really! I am one of my people! But we are idiots sometimes. Once again, we are taking a stand against "immorality" and "godlessness." We have refused to make a cake for a...

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Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

(40) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:13 AM

Dear Dr. Coyne,

As a general rule, I avoid arguments with kitchen appliances, Christian fundamentalists, and atheists who think Dawkins makes sense. But I feel obliged to make an exception in this case. You pride yourself on being a reasonable person and on giving Christian theology a fair hearing, so...

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'Don't Say Gay': What American Christianity Can Learn From Vladimir Putin

(98) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 5:50 PM

A skinhead group in Russia has been posting personals to gay dating sites in order to lure young men to remote locations, torture, and humiliate them. Then they post the video online as a warning to others: It's not safe to be gay in Russia! (Read the

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The Triumph of Orthodoxy: Why We Kiss Pictures

(26) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 3:18 PM

When a visitor steps foot into an Orthodox Church, the first face she will probably see is Jesus. He will be placed on a small stand in the temple (i.e. the "sanctuary"), and as worshipers enter, they will cross themselves, kiss his hand and cross themselves again. I am talking...

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Gun Control: Should a Christian Carry?

(197) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Many of my fellow Christians are also vociferous defenders of so-called "gun rights." They believe that an armed society is a safe society, and that the founding fathers intended an armed populace to be the last line of defense against tyranny. But sometimes our public debates can keep us from...

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I am Not a Gun-Virgin (and Other Responses to My Critics)

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Originally posted to on January 30, 2013.

Like everyone, I sometimes get into tit-for-tats online, but on those rare occasions in which I am being the better version of myself, I keep in mind that online discussions tend to generate more heat than light. The nastier the critics, the...

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An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons

(55) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 8:28 PM

NRA president, Wayne LaPierre says that instead of banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, we need to do something about violent movies and video games. He is technically correct that the cause of gun violence is not the gun. It's the violence, but sometimes the root problem is...

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Human Nature, Jesus and the F-Word

(69) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 1:36 PM

Suzanne Venker recently wrote a blog post on Fox, which noted that women today are unhappier than ever, and argued that the feminist movement is to blame. Women have put their careers first. This has derailed their desire to live a "balanced life" (by which Venker seems...

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