Dr. Jeff Mallinson
Dr. Jeff Mallinson is professor of Theology and Philosophy at Concordia University and co-hosts the Virtue in the Wasteland podcast. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. Jeff’s book Sexy: the Quest for Erotic Virtue in Perplexing Times as well as additional writings and articles reflect his interest in the intersections of Reformation thought, philosophy of religion, and culture. He and his wife Stacie live in Southern CA with their two sons.
+ How to Think about Science and Religion
Discusses ways to understand the thorny topic of faith and the natural sciences, with a deep respect for both historic Christianity and the vocation of a scientist. Instead of focusing on the fine points of the evolution-creationist debates, attendees learn to think about and evaluate their own religious and scientific ways of thinking (paradigms), and reflects on ways to appreciate God as we enjoy the created world.
+ The Reformation: What Was it Really About?
A lively account of what the sixteenth-century reformation was all about, and why it matters for us today.
+ Anti-Wisdom: The Dark Texts of the Bible and How They Can Heal Our Emotional Wounds
When people get depressed, they typically don’t turn to the biblical books of Job, Ecclesiastes, or Psalm 39. But allowing ourselves to feel grief, and even question God is often the precursor to a renewed appreciation for God, emotional healing, and spiritual insight. Mallinson discusses the nature of wisdom literature in the Bible, and then explains how Jesus’ “wisdom of the counter order” helps resolve the pain involved in the existential crises of anti-wisdom.
+ Faith and Popular Culture.
An exploration of some important pop culture artifacts (from film, television, video games, and music) and what they say about the conversation about faith and culture in our age.
+ When Religion Gets Abusive
A presentation on the ways in which authoritarian personalities affect religion, how these are best described as “theologies of glory” and how Luther points Christians to consider being “theologians of the cross.”
+ Postmodernity and Christianity
What’s going on in philosophy these days, and how it provides both challenges and opportunities for Christians to discuss their faith in the public square.
+ Faith after College: Is it Even Possible?
The history of how nihilism crept into the universities, why this matters for young people who are in college, or soon will be, and how to think creatively about faith in academic settings.
+ The Vocations of Dying and Living
What did Jesus mean when he said we must die to ourselves in order gain eternal life (Luke 17:33)? I know that Christians teach that there is life after death, but can Jesus’ teachings help me live a joyful life now? I’m afraid that at the end of my life, I’ll look back on my life with regret. What can be done? I know that Jesus says not to worry about tomorrow; but how can the teachings of Jesus actually help to do that when it comes to considering my own mortality?
Dr. Mallinson's Book
We’ve lost the art of being sexy. Sure, we’ve got plenty of casual sex, porn, and sexual freedom to go around, but none of that is sexy. That stuff lacks the joy of transcendence, flirtation, dancing, or genuine intimacy. For some, the solution is louder moralizing and stricter, more legalistic thinking. But what if we reframed the conversation altogether? Instead of focusing on taboos, boundaries, and rules of sexual engagement, what if we were to let unconditional love seduce people back to erotic virtue?