Challenging the notion that religion fosters violence,” National Post. November 1st 2017.

I. Scholarly work in Religious Studies and Christian Theology

Edited Volume

Robert Friedmann, Design for Living: Regard, Concern, Service, and Love. Foreword by Leonard Gross. Introduced and Edited by Maxwell Kennel. (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017): 200 pp. (publisher, Amazon.caAmazon.com, excerpt)

• Includes Maxwell Kennel, “Editor’s Introduction: Discovering the Other Friedmann,” pp. xv-xx.
• Required course reading for CHM 599-3 “Intentional Living in an Age of Distractions,” Winter 2018 class, taught by Andrew Brubacher Kaethler at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.
• Forthcoming review in Mennonite Life 72 (June 2018).

Research Articles

2. “Mennonite Metaphysics? Exploring the Philosophical Aspects of Mennonite Theology from Pacifist Epistemology to Ontological PeaceMennonite Quarterly Review 91/3 (July 2017): 403-421.

1. “Postsecular History: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion and the Seventeenth Century Dutch Collegiant Movement,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 46/3 (September 2017): 406-432.

Review Essay

Questioning Secularization, History, and Ethics,” A Review essay on Radical Secularization? An Inquiry into the Religious Roots of Secular Culture. Ed. Latré et. Al. Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World (SCTIW) Review. (October 2016).

Scholarly Reviews

12.Review of The Architectonics of Hope: Violence, Apocalyptic, and the Transformation of Political Theology by Kyle Gingerich Hiebert, Journal of Mennonite Studies 36 (2018).

11. Review of Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era by Benjamin Goossen, Reading Religion/American Academy of Religion (2017).

10. Review of Life in the Spirit: Trinitarian Grammar and Pneumatic Community in Hegel and Augustine, by Douglas Finn, Reading Religion/American Academy of Religion (2017).

9. Review of Bodies of Peace: Ecclesiology, Nonviolence, and Witness by Myles Werntz, Reading Religion/American Academy of Religion (2016).

8. Review of Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology: Law, Order, and Civil Society, by A. James Reimer, Conrad Grebel Review. Vol. 34. No. 1 (Winter 2016): 102-104.

7. Review of In Search of Promised Lands: A Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario, by Samuel J. Steiner, Anabaptist Witness. Vol. 3. No. 2 (Winter 2016): 137-138.

6. Review of From Theology to Theological Thinking, by Jean-Yves Lacoste, Conrad Grebel Review. Vol. 34. No. 3 (Fall 2016): 315-317.

5. Review of The Trace of the Face in the Politics of Jesus: Experimental Connections between the Work of John Howard Yoder and Emmanuel Levinas, by John Patrick Koyles, Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum. Vol. 43, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 274-276.

4. Review of Constantine Revisited: Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian Debate. ed. John Roth, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Vol. 88, No. 4. (October 2014): 546-549.

3. Review of Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church, by D. W. S. Belousek, Conrad Grebel Review, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Winter 2013): 83-85.

2. “Subversive Anabaptism,” A review of The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray, The Other Journal: An Intersection of Theology and Culture, 19 (2011).

1. “The Highest Contradiction,” A review of St. Paul Among The Philosophers ed. John D. Caputo and Linda Martín Alcoff, The Other Journal: An Intersection of Theology and Culture, 18 (2010).

Scholarly Presentations

12. “Beyond the Crisis and Fatigue of Mennonite Identity,” Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference VIII, Toronto, Ontario. June 16, 2018.

11. “Political Theology and/as Philosophy of Religion,” Situating Philosophy of Religion. Annual Graduate Symposium, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, April 21, 2018.

10. “Emancipatory History: Anabaptist Restitution and Jacob Taubes’ Occidental EschatologyMennonite Scholars and Friends Meeting at the American Academy of Religion. November 17, 2017.

9. “Ecumenism, Secularity, and the Gospel of All Creatures,” 18th Believer’s Church Conference, Word, Spirit, and the Renewal of the Church. Goshen College. September 16, 2017.

8. “A Critique of Ontological Peace: Mennonite Theology and Metaphysics,” Anabaptist Theology: Methods and Practices, Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre, Trinity Western University, June 7th 2017.

7. “Postsecularity and Nonviolent Epistemology” Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. April 28-29, 2017.

6. “Mennonite Metaphysics? Exploring a Contradiction,” Scholar’s Forum, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, Toronto School of Theology. January 23rd 2017.

5. “The Critique of Power: Epistemological Foundations in Modernity,” Power in Perspective(s), TMTC Graduate Student Conference, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. June 2, 2016.

4. “The Secular, Secularism, and Secularization: A Conceptual Constellation,” McMaster University Religious Studies Graduate Conference: Religion and Law. McMaster University. October 18, 2015.

3. “Towards an Anabaptist Mennonite Literary Hermeneutics,” Mennonite/s Writing Conference VII: “Movement, Transformation, Place.” Fresno Pacific University. March 14, 2015.

2. “A Proposal for Nonviolent Metaphysics: Examining Ontological Violence,” Wading Deeper: Anabaptist-Mennonite Identities Engage Postmodernity, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Mennonite Graduate Student Conference, Canadian Mennonite University. May 30, 2014.

1. “Mennonite Identity and Metaphysics: Resonances between Theology, Literary Criticism, and Continental Philosophy,” Research Seminar, Institute of Anabaptist Mennonite Studies. Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. May 10, 2013.

II. Scholarly work in Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory

Research Articles

2. “Critique of Metaphysical Violence,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie (2017-2018): 1-38. DOI: 10.1017/S0012217317000737

1. “Identity, Ontology, and the Two / Идентитет, онтологија, и две,” Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender, and Culture. Vol. 13 (2016-2017): 101-136. English & Macedonian. Trans. Jordan Šišovski.

Review Essays

5. “Parricide and Polemic,” A book encounter with Transgression and the Inexistent: A Philosophical Vocabulary, by Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, PhaenEx, Volume 11, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2016): 103-108. • Link

4. “The Recovery of the One,” A long review of Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy  by Katerina Kolozova, Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. Issue 22. (2015).  • Link [PDF]

3. “Post-Secularism, Immanence, and the Critique of Transcendence,” A book encounter with Deleuze and the Naming of God: Post-Secularism and the Future of Immanence by Daniel Colucciello Barber, PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture. Volume 9, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014): 188-198.  • Link

2. “The Spirit of Contradiction” A book encounter with Introduction to Antiphilosophy by Boris Groys,  PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Volume 8, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2013): 311-323.  • Link

1. “Weakness, Paradox, and Communist Logics” a  review essay on Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx by Gianni Vattimo & Santiago Zabala, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Volume 16.2 (2012): 251-259.

Scholarly Reviews

8. Long review of At the Heart of Reason by Claude Romano, Symposium/CSCP (2017).

7. Review of Heidegger: The Question of Being and History by Jacques Derrida, Dialogue (2017).

6. “Review of Cosmic Pessimism” by Eugene Thacker, Dialogue (2016).

5. “Review of Intellectuals and Power” by Francois Laruelle, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie (2015).

4. Long review of Givenness & Hermeneutics by Jean-Luc Marion, Symposium/CSCP (2014).

3. “Review of Circus Philosophicus” by Graham Harman, Speculations: Journal of Speculative Realism 3 (2012): 499-506.

2. “Review of Soft Subversions” by Félix Guattari (2nd ed.), Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Volume 16.1 (2012): 270-272.

1. “Review of Acting Out” by Bernard Stiegler, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Volume 15.2 (2011): 248-251.

Conference Presentations

5. “Appearing to Change: The Critique of Heidegger in Catherine Malabou and Michel Henry,” presented at Passionate Disattachment: The Work of Catherine Malabou, CAREP, King’s University College, Western University. February 6th, 2016.

4. “Saturation and Reduction between Phenomenology and Hermeneutics” Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association, University of Ottawa, May 31st 2015.

3. “Hermeneutics and the Phenomenology of Givenness,” to be presented at the Conference: “Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion,” Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy (CAREP), King’s University College, Western University [University of Western Ontario]. March 27–29, 2015.

2. “What is a Compendium? Figuration and the Question of the Book in Theory-Writing,” Theory Session, Centre for Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario, October 26th , 2012. Published as “What is a Compendium? Parataxis, Hypotaxis, and the Question of the Book” Continent 3.1 (Spring 2013): 44-49.

1. “The Pharmakon of Technology for Theology: On the Chronos/Kairos distinction in Bernard Stiegler’s Technics and Time, Volume 1,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Kitchener, Ontario, September 23, 2011.

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Editor: Maxwell Kennel
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