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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Are you there Jah? Its me, Shane Claiborne

Words Like Violence Break the Silence

Sorry about the long gap in posts. Turns out I’ve been busy. Anyways, while I’ve been silent there’s been plenty of good stuff being churned out in the blogosphere, including this post from Paul Griffiths. He offers a list of principles on violence and peace on which he hopes all Christians can agree, which read […]

Augustine the Crazy Feminist

Melissa posts a couple awesome quotes from Augustine on God as Mother. Here’s just one: “My father and mother have abandoned me (Psalm 26:10). The psalmist has made himself a little child in relation to God. He has made God both his father and his mother. God is our father because he created us, because […]

Where to keep the books?

This is my dilemma. I have an office with ample shelf space where I could easily house the large part of my library, thus having it with me every day during the work week. This would also have the advantage of having my books on-hand while doing editorial work. However, I have this deep-seated fear […]

Film, Faith, and Justice 2009

To those in the Pacific Northwest or who are able to travel from elsewhere, you should really try to be at this year’s Film, Faith, and Justice conference, put on by The Other Journal. The event goes from the 15th through the 17th of October, and promises to be a great installment of a great […]

On Not Seeking Glory

“I do not seek my own glory” (John 8:5). With these words Jesus set a precedent for all those who claim to follow him. Fundamental to the call to discipleship is the renunciation of seeking to glorify, to magnify, to enhance and promote oneself. It is often thought that this calling is based on the […]

Putting all Questions to Rest

If there were any doubt it is gone now. If there was even the slightest question that Mark Driscoll is simply rabid misogynist who’s boarderline psychotic, this quote clears all that up. There really are no words for this kind of mindless stupidity: Without blushing, Paul is simply stating that when it comes to leading […]

Martyrdom without Fetishization

Daniel Izuzquiza’s Rooted in Jesus Christ is a very stirring addition to contemporary theology, and in particular is a helpful engagement with and extension of the project of liberation theology. The book focuses on four central features of liberation theology: method, God as liberator, the martyrs, and the poor. Some of his statements about martyrdom […]

One Year From Now. . .

This is where I’ll be. If the Lord wills. Please, Lord will.

Hegel vs. Glenn Beck

Thanks to David for posting this: “Since the man of common sense makes his appeal to feeling, to an oracle within his breast, he is finished and done with anyone who does not agree; he only has to explain that he has nothing more to say to anyone who does not find and feel the […]

Violence and Idolatry

The older language in which the theme of “conformity to this world” was stated in Bible times had to do with “idols,” with those unworthy objects of devotion to whom men in their blindness sacrificed. Thus it is quite fitting to describe the use of violence as the outworking of an idolatry. If I take […]

Paul Griffiths is Blogging

Adding to the growing number of professional theologians who are blogging, we now have the fine addition of Paul Griffiths. His promises to be another great theoblog. H/T: Andy

Religion for Radicals

The Immanent Frame has an interview up with Terry Eagleton that is well-worth a read. Here are just a couple of his memorable quotes: Religion has become a very comfortable ideology for a dollar-worshipping culture. The scandal of the New Testament—the fact that it backs what America calls the losers, that it thinks the dispossessed […]

One more on Racism

I swear this is the last quote I’ll post on the topic for a while: I got a note from a good friend yesterday expressing shock, and anger, about Drudge and Malkin’s usage of that alleged racial beat-down on a school-bus [to attack Obama]. On some level, I wonder if something’s wrong with me. I’m […]

The Subtlety of Racism

Indeed: You don’t have to wear a white hood to have views that are significantly animated by racist beliefs and fears–and saying that a lot of the hysterical protest on the right (stylized as a desire for ‘small government’) is significantly animated by racist beliefs and fears is most decidedly not to say that “limited […]

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