Popular Writing

“Searching for Safe Spaces,” Inside Higher Ed (with Ashutosh Bhagwat) (March 21, 2017)

“How to United in Spite of Trump,” USA Today (December 22, 2016)

“We Disagree on the ‘Self-Evident Truths’ in the Declaration of Independence. But We Always Did,” Washington Post (July 5, 2016)

“Rehabilitating Freedom of Assembly,” USA Today (January 10, 2016)

“Do Black Lives Matter to Evangelicals?” Washington Post (January 6, 2016)

“The Japanese-American Internment Decision: A Dangerous Relic,” Los Angeles Times (with Karen Tani) (December 18, 2015)

“America’s Dividing Line: Thoughts, Prayers, and Belief in a Transcendent God,” CNN (December 4, 2015)

“Want a Vibrant Public Square?  Support Religious Tax Exemptions,” Washington Post (September 16, 2015)

“Are We Ferguson?” CNN (August 21, 2014)

“Contraception Fight Not Just a ‘Catholic Thing,'” USA Today (August 20, 2012)


Law, Religion, and Theology

Although my primary areas of scholarship are the First Amendment and law and religion, I am also interested in related questions of law and theology.

In 2011, I organized a conference on “Theological Argument in Law: Engaging With Stanley Hauerwas.”  The conference was held at Duke University School of Law.  The articles from that conference are published in Volume 75, No. 4 of Duke’s Law and Contemporary Problems.

In 2013, I wrote a theologically-oriented contribution to the ongoing discussion about the “freedom of the church” in law and religion scholarship.  I use the work of Stanley Hauerwas, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Karl Barth to construct a Protestant conception of the freedom of the church but ultimately express reservations about the possibility of “translating” this kind of theological argument into legal doctrine.

I have a short symposium piece from 2011 that explores the theological context of the writings of Roger Williams and William Penn.

In 2009, I wrote an article for a political science journal on the role of forgiveness in transitional justice.

I have incorporated theological themes into several shorter writings:

“Christian Witness in an Anxious Age,” Christianity Today (June 20, 2016) (with Timothy Keller)

“Confident Pluralism: A Response,” First Things (May 31, 2016) (Response to Carl Trueman)

“The Christian Witness to the State: Nicolas Wolterstorff on John Howard Yoder,” J.L. & Relig. (2015)

“The Incomprehensible Witness of Forgiveness,” Hedgehog Review Blog (June 25, 2015)

“Pluralism Doesn’t Mean Relativism,” Christianity Today (April 6, 2015)

“5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist Society,” Christianity Today (October 10, 2014)

“The Works of Robert Cover,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought (Spring 2011)