When the opportunity arose to write The First American Evangelical, I started thinking harder about biography as a genre. I have always loved reading biographies and have long taught about their use as a strategy when writing or teaching history. But having an assignment to write one encouraged me to begin reading them more carefully, especially to listen for connections between the voice of authors and their subjects.
I have myself been seized by the passion I write for. Not perfectly, to be sure, but at my best, at my most faithful, I have been overwhelmingly awakened to love for all creatures, and when I have lived in wholesale surrender to that love for all, I have been filled with joy.
Every junior scholar appreciates when a more senior figure in the field takes notice of his or her work, especially when that figure is someone of Wright’s stature and influence. I trust that Wright may also appreciate a junior scholar’s demonstrating his gratitude by — as we like to say in academic circles — “pushing back” on some of what he disagrees with.
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For two millennia the church has invoked a handful of biblical passages to impose an absolute prohibition against homoerotic behavior of every sort. Yet these passages — in both the Old and New Testaments — were addressed to behaviors of a prurient, one-sided, episodic, and exploitative character. They said nothing explicit about covenantal, nuptial, same-sex love.