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Monthly Archives: August 2007

My Peace I leave with you (IV): An Ad hoc-Evangelical Pacifism

“The Most Dejected and Reluctant Pacifist in all America” A guest-post by D.W. Congdon  In his autobiographical memoir, Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis describes himself on the night of his conversion as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England” (228-29). In a way, I share this with Lewis, in that I was probably […]

My Peace I leave with you (III): The Baptist Tradition

Gospel Nonviolence: An Anabaptist-Baptist Approach A guest-post by M. L. Westmoreland-White When Halden asked me to contribute to this series, I suddenly felt as if I was failing to heed the Petrine command to “always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands an accounting of the hope that is in you (1 […]

Symposium: Herbert McCabe

As some of you know, my latest theological fascination is with Herbert McCabe, the twentieth century Dominican priest, Marxist sympathizer, and potent social critic. Here is a smattering of his statements on various topics. On Prayer: People often complain of “distractions” during prayer. Their mind goes wandering off on to other things. This is nearly […]

McCarraher Trounces Hitchens

In a recent review of Christopher Hitchens’ book God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything in Commonweal, Eugene McCarraher has splendidly and devastatingly critiqued this poorly-informed and overrated addition to the latest litany of militantly athiest manifestos littering the top seller lists in bookstores around the U.S.  McCarraher, always an excellent writer and social critic […]

My Peace I leave with you (II): A Reformed Pacifism

Ten Stations on My Way to Christian Pacifism A guest-post by Kim Fabricius 1. I graduated from Huntington High School (New York) in 1966 and Wesleyan University in 1970. The Cold War and the nuclear arms race; the brutal reactions to the Civil Rights Movement and racial integration; the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, and […]

My Peace I leave with you (I): The Restoration Movement

A Pacifist Cambellite?  Contradicting the Contradiction A guest-post by Thom Stark I am a pacifist. I was born and raised in what’s called the “Restoration Movement” (RM), a “non-denominational” movement for Christian unity born primarily out of Anglicanism and Presbyterianism, originally headed by Alexander Campbell, his father Thomas Campbell, and Barton Stone. Over time the […]

Back from Vacation

Well, I am back from my brief, but enjoyable road trip to San Francisco where I was visiting my friends at the Church of the Soujourners.  It was an excellent trip and a long overdue time with good friends and partners in the kingdom.  In the meantime, many of the entries for the pacifism series […]

My Peace I leave with you: Exploring Theological Pacifisms

As I announced a while back, my series from Christian pacifists of different traditions, will be kicking off soon.  So far we should have representatives from the Eastern Orthodox, Baptist, Stone-Cambellite, Anglican, Reformed, and Evangelical traditions.  If you are interested in offering a contribution, and especially if you belong to a tradition not yet represented, […]

Praise Christ! Go America! Damn the Rest of You!

Hopefully none of my two or three readers will have ever heard of the group American Vision, which is a group which self-confessedly wants conservative evangelical Christianity to take over the United States.  The group is made up of pseudo-scholars, Baptist homemakers (doubtless trained at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), and a general pool of morons […]

Peter Leithart on the Church’s Mission

I posted a while back on some of Peter Leithart’s thoughts about the importance of the church as a political society, and his support of the idea of Constantinianism as a political concept, one in which the church, as the City of God, the true polity inevitably ends up ordering the city of man.  Here’s […]

Recommended Reading Meme

I have now been tagged by David with the ‘recommended reading’ meme.  Thus, here are a few of the books that I find myself often recommending to people.  Many of them are also some of my favorite books (as would be expected), but all of them are ones that I find myself recommending often. Lesslie […]

McCabe on Sin

Life in Christ…is a seeking into the meaning of human behaviour which involves a constant reaching out beyond the values of the world. Sin consists in ceasing to reach out, refusing to respond to the Father’s summons, and settling for this present world. What makes it possible for us to reach out, to hear and […]

Recent Political “Theologies”

I recently picked up a new anthology dealing with contemporary political theologies.  Hend de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan’s new book Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World, is a massive collection of essays on various themes in modern political thought and the relationship between religion and politics.  The only real beef I have […]

Herbert McCabe: The Underrated Theologian

Of nearly all the recent theological voices that merit attention, I can’t think of any that are more ignored and underrated than Herbert McCabe.  At least by theologians.  Philosophers such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Terry Eagleton, and Anthony Kenny all acknowledge the significant infulence of his thought on their own work. One of the things that […]

Theological Parodies…a good time to be had by all

The other night a couple of friends and I were enjoying some beers at the local English pub, the Horse Brass (about as authentic as they get outside of the UK) and were having fun rhapsody-ing on about all things theological.  In the course of the evening we came up with our own, purely comedic version of […]

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