I get asked about my dissertation a lot, and I’ve posted about it before (abstract here, and theological significance here). I’ve definitely made some headway in the past six months, but things have been slow as I’ve been adjusting to a new full-time job and have taken on a few other small writing projects. Those are done now though, so 2015 promises to be a very productive writing year… Anyway, to get back into it, I rewrote a description of my topic for a fellowship application, and here it is.
Seen within the context of the phenomenon of globalization, I am examining the Christian understanding of salvation with respect to the violence and impunity that has occurred as a result of the U.S.-Mexico Drug War. To do so, I ask: what is the good news and hope that the Christian faith promises to those who suffer in this conflict, and what kind of engagement and response does such a promise demand from North American churches in light of the difficulty that our Mexican neighbors are facing?