The policy action response—vis-à-vis that of “thoughts and prayers”—suggests a rejection of religion for solving the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. But it’s a bit more complicated and more faith-full than it appears upon first glance.
John Marc Sianghio, Jr. is a Ph.D. student in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Formerly he was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Brought up as an Evangelical Christian and trained as a minister, John has served as part of the ministry team in diverse church settings from a wealthy suburban mega-church as well to congregations in the inner city of Chicago.
As an outgrowth of his faith, John is personally passionate about conducting justice and human rights operations internationally. He worked in his native Philippines with the Christian NGO International Justice Mission to build local frameworks for the prevention of human rights abuses. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom as Human Terrain Analyst for Task Force Patriot, 4BCT-10IN and as a member of the Civil-Military Operations Advisory Team for 3-89 CAV.
If humans have learned over eons that intercessory prayer doesn’t “work”, why do we keep doing it?
Why are some sources of authority more alluring than others?
Religion can inspire and mobilize us as stewards of the earth rather than encourage our unsustainable status quo.
Human confidence in what we think we know for certain almost always involves hope in things unseen.
What scientific and religious tools can we use to help us deal with trauma?
When we join hands we do so with wounds still open.
Can drama change the way we talk about religion and science? A fan of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” and a former theater professional believe so.