About Dispatches, and Lee C. Camp


The flowing-robe and likes to be called by esteemed titles sort of CV is here.

Lee is an Alabamian by birth, raised in the tail end of the Appalachians in the north eastern quadrant of the state, full of long-leaf pines and red-clay dirt and rolling hills. He completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Lipscomb University (B.A., 1989) in Nashville, Tennessee, where he fell in love with the wonderful woman named Laura who became his wife. They made their way out west where Lee did seminary at Abilene Christian University (M.A., M.Div., 1993), there learning to love the flat dry desert, the ubiquitous mesquite trees, and the good people of west Texas. Following a six month sojourn in Kenya working with street-kids and a vocational school, they made their way to the mid-west and made a home in South Bend, Indiana where Lee did graduate studies at Notre Dame in Moral Theology / Christian Ethics (M.A., Ph.D., 1999): there the Alabama boy who had deeply distrusted Notre Dame as a child (they always beat Bear Bryant) learned to love Domers and Touchdown Jesus and Notre Dame football, and cold, snowy winter days cooped up in Hesburgh Library, long, dark days good for studying, with summer and fall days so crystal clear and beautiful that it made one simply grateful to be alive.

Returning to teach at Lipscomb University in 1999 was like returning home, going back to the delights that are things southern, there simultaneously incensed and elated with Bible Belt culture, all its insanities and delights and well-intentioned people, and discovering that one can go home again, but just not as the same person.

Lee and Laura and their three boys continue to reside in Nashville, a most outsanding place to live and make a home. Lee continues to teach at Lipscomb University, where he teaches undergraduate courses in “Biblical Ethics,” “Engineering Ethics,” and “Christian Non-Violence,” as well as graduate theology seminars in the Hazelip School of Theology. In addition, he also finds himself getting to work and play and sing, like a kid in a candy store, with some of Nashville’s finest in his work producing and hosting the Tokens radio show. He is also the author of Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World, and Who Is My Enemy?: Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam–and Themselves. He also publishes opinion pieces on occasion on the Huffington Post, available here, and enjoys flying sailplanes and photography.

Endorsements

  • Probably one of the most important books in theology/Christian ethics published this past year.

  • Stunning… Who Is My Enemy? is not a comfortable read by any means, but it expands the spirit, and is one of the truly essential books of 2011.

  • Who Is My Enemy? is an invitation to start working on the log in our own eye so we can more clearly see into the eyes of others.

    Shane Claiborne Author, activist
    http://www.thesimpleway.org/shane/
  • Who Is My Enemy? is truly the best book I know for all Christians who want to be faithful to Jesus while figuring out how to relate to Islam.

    Glen Stassen Professor and author of Living the Sermon on the Mount
    http://www.fuller.edu/academics/faculty/glen-stassen.aspx
  • When does an astute theological inquiry become utterly engaging? When it opens each of us up to the gracious source of our own existence and lets the scales drop from our eyes. Lee Camp lets us see this process in him, thereby making it possible for us to adopt a new way of seeing. Read this book at your peril, for you will surely discover how entering into another faith tradition can enliven your own.

    David Burrell, CSC Professor of Ethics and Development, Uganda Martyrs University
    http://www.nd.edu/~dburrell/
  • Lee Camp is courageous, and his courage is to believe that what Jesus taught is relevant today. The argument in this book is an old one with some surprising if not inflammatory twists. But the sad reason this book must be written is that Christians continue to ignore the One who said ‘love your enemies.’ Waging war and following Jesus are incompatible. Do we have the courage to hear and follow Jesus?

    Scot McKnight Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
    http://www.northpark.edu/Academics/Undergraduate-Academics/Biblical-and-Theological-Studies/Faculty.aspx