David R. Brockman

David R. Brockman, Ph.D., a religious studies scholar and Christian theologian, is a nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice University's Baker Institute. He also teaches at Brite Divinity School, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University. He is the author of Dialectical Democracy through Christian Thought: Individualism, Relationalism, and American Politics.

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Criminal Justice

When Very Public Christians Go Astray

The Bible commands Christians to “abstain from all appearance of evil,” making things a little awkward for Texas officials facing criminal investigations. Read More

Buttons on display at the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention.

Recap: Chaos and Castros at the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention

The Clinton versus Sanders fight largely lay dormant at the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention — until it really, really didn't.

Though Texas Democratic Party officials had worked hard to paper over the divisions between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters throughout the weekend, the superdelegate debate exposed real animosity between the two factions. Read More

Muslim-American banner at the Texas Democratic Convention.
Texas Politics

The Gospel According to Texas Democrats

Governor Greg Abbott said we wouldn't hear the 'word of God' at the Texas Democratic Convention. He was wrong.

Greg Abbott said we wouldn't hear the 'word of God' at the Texas Democratic Convention. He was wrong. (Or lying, but surely he wouldn't bear false witness!) Read More

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Texas Politics

Texas GOP Flirts With Secession

Texas secessionists said that federal overreach on abortion and transgender rights meant that the time is ripe for Texas to vote to leave the union. Read More

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How Texas Politicians Bungle the Bible

Long before Jeff Sessions used Romans 13 to justify stripping children from their parents, it was already the go-to verse for Texas pols seeking to defend all sorts of questionable policies.

When Texas politicians hitch their political wagon to the Bible, they may be in for a very bumpy ride. Of course, that prospect never seems to stop them. Read More