Hello and welcome to The Ice Cream Theologian!
My name is Sam, and this is a wacky side-project I’ve put together while in grad school. I’m originally from Dallas, TX (USA), and am currently a PhD student at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Before starting at PTS, I studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for a year, and prior to that I did my undergraduate and Master of Divinity in Waco, TX at Baylor University and Truett Theological Seminary, respectively.
The Ice Cream Theologian is an experiment in bringing together two activities that bring me joy and give me energy: making natural homemade ice cream, and thinking theologically about daily activities and current events. These may seem unrelated (maybe even like complete opposites), but the way I see the world and my place in it has actually been deeply shaped by my experience making ice cream. Which is why I believe there’s much to be learned about life from (and while) making our own food from scratch.
The site is primarily a food blog, as a resource for learning to make delicious, homemade, real food ice cream. But I also like to intersperse reflections on the relationships I’ve come to see between food, agriculture, politics, life, and God.
Food is integral to life. And although we’ve forgotten it in our world of supermarkets and fast food, the way we grow, produce, buy, prepare, and enjoy food is anything but mundane.
This is why I’m passionate about eating real food — even for dessert. We believe all sorts of myths and half-truths about food and nutrition, and one goal for this blog is to help sort through where we get our ideas about food and which of our assumptions about agriculture, health, and eating come from uninformed notions.
Some of the goals of this blog are to show that real food tastes better, is better for you, and that it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. I also want to highlight the importance of local agriculture for the body, soul, and community, and that there are more important things than convenience when it comes to food.
I also have a theory that it’s hard to think of someone as an enemy when you make ice cream together. Which is why I think an ice cream blog can be a place to encounter new ideas, challenging opinions, or novel perspectives.
In the course of my time making ice cream professionally and personally (see my Bio page), my worldview and habits have been transformed by learning about where food comes from and how it ends up on our plates (or in our bowls, of course). This is why I decided to add the “Theologian” dimension to the site; not only because studying theology and philosophy is my day job, but because for me there’s no separating the mundane activities of daily life (such as buying groceries and eating them) from what we believe about God, the world, and our place in it.
You may not agree with all of my thoughts or positions in the reflective or theologically-oriented posts. But my hope is that our shared love of the simple goodness of ice cream will put us in a default position of trust, allowing for respectful discussion, like we would have if we were in the kitchen, churning together.
- Unless otherwise noted, all recipes are my own original formulas. Please contact me if you would like to share or reproduce them in any way that does not directly cite this blog.
- All opinions are my own and do not necessarily represent those of sponsors or partners.