Current Projects


Postsecular History: Political Theology and the Politics of Time. London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021.

Research Articles

11. “Plato, Adorno, and the Dialectic” Identities 18 (forthcoming Spring 2021).

10. “Violence and the Romance of Community: Darkness and Enlightenment in Patrick Friesen’s The Shunning,” Literature & Theology 33.4 (December 2019): 394-413.

9. “Periodization and Providence: Time and Eternity between Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Augustine’s Confessions,Telos 188 (2019): 103-126.

8. “The Gospel of All Creatures: An Anabaptist Natural Theology for Mennonite Political Theology, Journal of Mennonite Studies 37 (2019): 353-368.

7. “Mennonite Political Theology and Feminist Critique,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 93.3 (July 2019): 393-412. (PDF)

6. “Müntzer, Taubes, and the Anabaptists: Emancipatory History and Political Theology,” Political Theology 20.3 (2019) [online September 2018]: 191-206. (PDF)

5. “The Regulation of the Subject by the Technology of Time,” Rhizomes 34 (2018). (PDF)

4. “Critique of Metaphysical Violence,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie 58.1 (March 2019) [online November 2017]: 125-162. (PDF)

3. “Mennonite Metaphysics? Exploring the Philosophical Aspects of Mennonite Theology from Pacifist Epistemology to Ontological PeaceMennonite Quarterly Review 91.3 (July 2017): 403-421. (PDF). Cited here.

2. “Postsecular History: Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion and the Seventeenth Century Dutch Collegiant Movement,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 46.3 (September 2017) [online May 2017]: 406-432. (PDF). Cited here.

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

Journal Special Issue

Guest editor of a special issue of Political Theology on Mennonite Political Theology (forthcoming May 2021).

Edited Manuscripts


Edgar Metzler, Let’s Talk About Extremism. Originally published in 1968 in the Herald Press Focal Pamphlet series. 25 pp. Ed. Maxwell Kennel. Anabaptist Historians (January 2021).


Emma LaRoque (Ed.). In Search of Peace: A Challenge from Four Non-white North American Mennonites. Originally published in 1976 by the Mennonite Central Committee Peace Section. 40 pp. Edited and digitized by Maxwell Kennel. Anabaptist Historians (October 2020). [PDF]

Preface by Hubert Schwartzentruber
Chapter 1. A Native American View by Lawrence H. Hart
Chapter 2. An Afro American View by Tony Brown
Chapter 3. A Chicano View by Lupe De Leon, Jr.
Chapter 4. Dynamics of Oppression by Emma LaRocque

DFL Cover

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

– Includes my introduction “Discovering the Other Friedmann” (PDF).
– Reviewed in Mennonite Life 72 (2018) (PDF), Mennonite Quarterly Review 93.4 (2019) (PDF).
– See my recent work on the book and its author in “The Philosophical Legacy of Robert FriedmannAnabaptist Historians (July 2020).

Encyclopedia Entry

12-27-GAMEO-new-logo“Philosophy” in the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Update to the original 1989 entry by J. L. Burkholder. (April 2020).

Forthcoming Book Chapters and Non-Peer Reviewed Contributions

“Secular Mennonite Social Critique: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity, and Mennonite Studies” in Anabaptist Remix: Varieties of Cultural Engagement. Ed. Lauren Friesen and Dennis Koehn (Basel: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2021). [Mennonite Studies project summary]

“Religious Studies and Internal Family Systems Therapy,” Implicit Religion (forthcoming 2021).

“Factory Time,” Hamilton Arts and Letters (forthcoming 2021).

Secular Mennonites and the Violence of Pacifism: Miriam Toews at McMaster,Hamilton Arts and Letters 13.2 (Fall 2020). Special Issue edited by Grace Kehler. [PDF]

Select Review Essays

Questioning Secularization, History, and Ethics,” review essay on Radical Secularization? An Inquiry into the Religious Roots of Secular Culture. Ed. Latré et. Al. SCTIW Review. (October 2016).

Parricide and Polemic,” a review essay on Transgression and the Inexistent: A Philosophical Vocabulary, by Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, PhaenEx 11.2 (Fall/Winter 2016): 103-108.

The Recovery of the One,” a review essay on Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy by Katerina Kolozova, Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 22 (2015): 126-130.

Post-Secularism, Immanence, and the Critique of Transcendence,” a review essay on Deleuze and the Naming of God by Daniel C. Barber, PhaenEx 9.2 (Fall/Winter 2014): 188-198.


Challenging the notion that religion fosters violence,” National Post (November 2017). [original]

Select Book Reviews

Scholarly Presentations

  • Posthumanism and Postsecular History,” Webinar Panel. Posthumanism Research Institute. Brock University. March 8, 2021. [book project summary]
  • Ontologies of Violence: Deconstruction, Pacifism, and Displacement,” Webinar Panel. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion. October 29, 2020. [dissertation project summary]
  • Secular Mennonite Social Critique: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity, and Mennonite Studies,” Scholar’s Forum, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, Toronto School of Theology. January 8, 2020. [research project summary]
  • “Political Theology and the Politics of Time: Theopolitical Periodization in Adam Kotsko’s Neoliberalism’s Demons,” Panel on The Devil and the Demons: Neoliberal Theology in the Work of Adam Kotsko. Theology and Continental Philosophy Unit. American Academy of Religion Meetings. San Diego, California. November 23, 2019.
  • “Friesen-Foucault: Violence and Community between The Shunning and The Politics of Truth,” Religion and Public Life Conference. Wilfrid Laurier University. Waterloo, Ontario. March 16, 2019.
  • “Epistemology of Refusal,” Refusing to Fight: Reimagining War in Global Perspectives. Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Brock University. St. Catharines, ON. October 12, 2018.
  • “Beyond the Crisis and Fatigue of Mennonite Identity,” Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference VIII: Texts, Experiences, Interpretations, Toronto. June 16, 2018.
  • “Political Theology and the Philosophy of Religion,” Situating Philosophy of Religion. Annual Graduate Symposium, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. April 21, 2018.
  • “Emancipatory History: Supersessionism, Restitutionism, and Taubes’ Occidental Eschatology” Mennonite Scholars and Friends Meeting. American Academy of Religion. Boston, MA. November 17, 2017.
  • “Ecumenism, Secularity, and the Gospel of All Creatures,” 18th Believer’s Church Conference, Goshen College. Goshen, Indiana. September 16, 2017.
  • “A Critique of Ontological Peace,” Anabaptist Theology Conference: Methods and Practices, Humanitas Anabaptist Mennonite Centre. Langley, British Columbia. June 7, 2017.
  • “Postsecularity and Nonviolent Epistemology” American Academy of Religion Eastern International Region. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. April 28, 2017.
  • “Mennonite Metaphysics? Exploring a Contradiction,” Scholar’s Forum, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, Toronto School of Theology. Toronto, Ontario. January 23, 2017.
  • “The Critique of Power,” Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference VII: Power in Perspective. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Elkhart, Indiana. June 2, 2016.
  • “The Secular, Secularism, and Secularization: A Conceptual Constellation,” McMaster University Religious Studies Graduate Conference. McMaster University. Hamilton, Ontario. October 18, 2015.
  • “Anabaptist Mennonite Literary Hermeneutics,” Mennonite/s Writing Conference VII: Movement, Transformation, Place. Fresno Pacific University. Fresno, California. March 14, 2015.
  • “Saturation and Reduction between Phenomenology and Hermeneutics,” Canadian Philosophical Association, Congress of the Humanities. University of Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario. May 31, 2015.
  • “Hermeneutics and the Phenomenology of Givenness,” Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion, Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, King’s University College, Western University. London, Ontario. March 28, 2015.
  • “A Proposal for Nonviolent Metaphysics: Examining Ontological Violence,” Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference VI: Anabaptist Mennonite Identities Engage Postmodernity. Canadian Mennonite University. Winnipeg, Manitoba. May 30, 2014.
  • “Mennonite Identity and Metaphysics,” Research Seminar, Institute of Anabaptist Mennonite Studies. Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Waterloo, Ontario. May 10, 2013.
  • “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 26, 2012. Revised and published as “What is a Compendium?” Continent 3.1 (Spring 2013): 44-49. (PDF)
  • “The Pharmakon of Technology: Bernard Stiegler’s Technics and Time, Volume 1,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Kitchener, Ontario. September 23, 2011.

Public Presentations and Colloquia

  • Methodological Considerations in Religious Studies,” Guest Lecture for Dr. Jennifer Otto’s seminar “Methods in Religious Studies,” University of Lethbridge. February 24, 2021.
  • Religious Studies and Normativity,” Guest Lecture for Dr. Dana Hollander’s seminar “Issues in the Study of Religions.” Religious Studies, McMaster University. December 9, 2020.
  • Political Theology and Dissociation: A Response to Malinda Berry.” Theology and Peacebuilding Consultation. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. March 10, 2020. [Invited]
  • “Mennonites and Philosophy: A Brief History,” Niagara Anabaptist Colloquium. Organized by Michael Driedger. Brock University. February 21, 2020. [Invited]
  • “A Peace Church in a Culture War? Secular, Philosophical, and Political Mennonite Social Critique,” Public lecture series organized by Jonathan Seiling. Respondent: Carol Penner. Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, Ontario. February 1, 2019. [Invited]
  • “Educating for Vision between Suspicion and Sympathy,” concluding remarks at Board of Governors Retreat, Conrad Grebel University College. November 24, 2018. [Retreat Co-organizer]
  • “Power, Silence, and Naming: A Response to Lydia Neufeld Harder,” Public Lecture and Book Launch. Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre. Toronto, Ontario. June 15, 2018. [Invited]
  • Introductory overview and discussion moderator for the launch of Kyle Gingerich Hiebert, The Architectonics of Hope. Sheptytsky Institute, Toronto, Ontario. March 6, 2018. [Invited]
  • “Dispossessing and Repossessing the Self,” a response to P. Travis Kroeker’s Messianic Political Theology and Diaspora Ethics: Essays in Exile. Graduate Student Symposium, McMaster University, Religious Studies. Hamilton, Ontario. February 13, 2018. [Event Organizer]

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