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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Barth on Ideology

[Ideology] comes about as [one] thinks he can and should ascribe to the presuppositions and sketches he has achieved by his remarkable ability, not just a provisional and transitory but a permanent normativity, not just one that is relative but one that is absolute, not just one that is human but one that is quasi-divine.  […]

Sacraments, Mission, and Divine Action, ctd.

This is actually a repost of something I wrote over a year ago. In light of recent conversations we’ve been having here, I thought it might be useful. I’ve modified it a bit from the original version to express things better. By virtue of the church’s union with Christ (the totus Christus), the base-practices of […]

Waxing Hauerwasian

In light of the recent mega-conversation on Hauerwas and the truth of the gospel, perhaps folks will indulge me if I wax Hauerwasian for a moment: “If you need a church to worship Jesus, then worship your fucking church!” Of course, you may know that the actual quote that Hauerwas has stated many times is […]

Since we’re talking about “the church”

Time to bring in yet another serving of Will Campbell: Hell, I don’t know what the church is. Jesus said something about the fact that He was going to build the church. He did say that nothing would prevail over it . . . even the gates of Hell, but He didn’t ask me to […]

McCarraher at TOJ, ctd.

The final, and in my opinion the best, part of The Other Journal’s interview with Gene McCarraher is live now. Definitely check it out. The stuff on Herbert McCabe is really worth your time. Especially if you have committed the grave sin of not reading Herbert McCabe. This section of the interview also includes Gene’s […]

JPII and Self-Flagellation

Interesting stuff about the late pope’s ascetical practices from a forthcoming book by the Monsignor who’s promoting his candidacy for sainthood: Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt, even on vacation, and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to Christian perfection, according to a new book […]

Why can’t Hauerwas just be a witness?

In the final chapter of of With the Grain of the Universe, Hauerwas reaches something of an apogee in stating his view of the importance of the church’s witness in relation to the truthfulness of the Christian message: Does the truth of Christian convictions depend on the faithfulness of the church and, if so, how […]

“Blog!” says the pope . . .

The supreme pontiff seems to think that priests ought to be blogging more: Responding adequately to this challenge amid today’s cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: […]

Best Theological Book of The Decade

The other day on Facebook, a discussion arose on the basis of a claim about what the best theological book of the last decade was. As I thought on the question I found it exceedingly difficult to answer, so I thought I’d pose the question here. What do you think the best theological book of […]

Oh please little world! He’s kicking your head in

Ready, steady, go: Mmmm…sentimentalist ideology… And protestants are scared of theosis. But why? Fellow critics of capitalism: Don’t be over-eager to re-enchant the world. Consider dumping the dis/re-enchantment narrative altogether perhaps? Are you into being authentic? Well, that’s not bad, but its also not really all that great. Getting theology PhDs in Norway is apparently […]

But they’ll never take . . .

I think we all need this.

Against patriotism

I’ve got to get that 9 Marks crap out of my system. And there’s only one way I know to do that: Will Campbell: I believe God made the St. Lawrence River, and the Rio Grande River, and the China Sea and the English Channel, but I don’t believe God made America, or Canada, or […]

Dressy fundies

Have you people been checking out this new 9 Marks thing? Wow. That’s really all I can say. I mean, I know that regular displays of fundamentalist-evangelical craziness are constant in the United States. But this little self-styled bunch of prophets really seem to take the cake. Its like they’re fighting the battles of nineteenth-century […]

In place of purity (more on wine & Jesus)

In John 2, the story of turning of the water into wine, there’s an interesting detail that I’ve never seen commented on at length before. John 2:6 describes the vats of water that Jesus turned into wine: “Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty […]

More from TOJ and how you can help keep it coming

Part two of Gene McCarraher’s interview with The Other Journal has been published. Check it out, it’s well worth the read. In part two of the interview, McCarraher talks about the “Obama Doctrine,” Niebuhrian realism, and the usefulness of maps.Here’s just one quote: If there is such a thing as the Obama Doctrine, it’s different […]

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