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Monthly Archives: March 2010

A very different power

This is one of my favorite quotes from Alan Lewis’s superb book, Between Cross and Resurrection. I figured it was definitely worth reposting this week: It is a very different God, and a very different power, that we have discovered in the story of divine self-emptying, God’s capacity for weakness, the ability - without loss of Godness […]

Holy Week Sermons

In light of the events to come this week, here are some of my sermons and talks from past Holy Week celebrations. Can We Copy God? A Holy Saturday Sermon The Goodness of Good Friday Your Hope Must be Dashed: A Palm Sunday Sermon Judas & Jeremiah: A Holy Saturday Homily The Body of Christ: […]

Infinite kenosis

The infinite kenosis of Jesus, which is a condition of his infinite personhood, is that . . . relationship with Christ—which is faith—can be said to include its own cessation. The infinity of Christ’s personhood flows from the inner-Trinitarian relations, which are shown in the resurrection of Christ transcend death. In terms of the passion […]

Willimon rethinks Christianity as practice(s)

Will Willimon (of Resident Aliens fame) has an article out in the Christian Century that calls into question some of the emphasis of his and Stanley Hauerwas’s work on Christianity-as-practice: Hauerwas and I did not originate the notion that Christianity is best defined as a “socially established cooperative human activity” rather than as a set […]

Beckwith’s Rome

Jamie Smith has a review of Francis Beckwith’s book, Return to Rome up at The Other Journal. It certainly takes Beckwith to task for, among other things, making Rome in his own evangelical image. Definitely worth a read. Here’s an excerpt: Beckwith has returned to the Rome of his evangelical dreams: a pure, pristine defender […]

The the impotence of proofreading

This poetry performance will be jarring music to the ears of any English teacher or editorial professional. Too good. (Adult language if you care about such things.) H/T: Goannatree

Supersized eucharist?

According to one study, it looks like over the last thousand years or so our artistic representations of the Last Supper have seen the food portions get bigger and bigger: Has even the Last Supper been supersized? The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers […]

Modernity does not dare crush me!! Modernity retreat!!

In light of the latest discussions about Milbank, Blond, and the Red Torry stuff, somehow this seems hilariously apropos, perhaps even parabolic. NSFW.

A case of the wordy-squirts

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The church as digestive tract?

In his recent interview, John Milbank at one point comments that the church, contrary to appearances is not “an institution” (or at least it “isn’t primarily”).  Rather, according to Milbank the church is “the continued event of the ingestion of the body of Christ” which “alone mediates the presence of the God-Man.” Now, I’m all […]

Satan and sex scandals

I’m sure we’ve all heard plenty about the recent round of abuse scandals among the Roman Catholic clergy. Of course this isn’t exactly new, but this time around it looks like they’re letting the Vatican’s resident exorcist come up with explanations for the phenomenon: When you’re one of the most powerful institutions in the world […]

Milbank Interview

Sorry about the dearth of posts lately. Real life is real life. In the meantime here’s a lively interview with John Milbank at The Immanent Frame. Definitely worth a read.

The Intelligent Design Detective

Too funny not to repost: H/T: J. Daniel Kirk

Call for Papers: Religion and Modernity in a Secular City

Call for Papers: The Religion and Modernity in a Secular City postgraduate conference will take place this coming 16-18 September at the Katholische Akademie in Berlin. The conference is being organized by the K. Akademie in conjunction with the Centre for Religion and Political Culture at the University of Manchester, and the Program on Religion, […]

Is evil privation?

It has become an almost undisputed datum in contemporary theology that evil is to be understood in the Augustinian manner as a privation of goodness. Evil has no reality or being as such. Rather it is simply a lack, a minus within the plenitude of goodness (See for example Confessions VII 13[19]). This sounds absolutely […]

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