Getting Theological: Sin

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I’m getting back to my series of posts in which I “Get Theological” with the range of topics common in Christian systematic theology.  In case you missed any, so far I’ve written about God, being human, Jesus as Christ, remember Sabbath, church, and the bible.  This post focuses on the Christian claims about fundamental flaws [Read More...]

Meet the NotReligions: Christianity, Islam, and …?

So, apparently, we’ve been doing it all wrong.  Christianity isn’t a religion!  It’s a philosophy.  Here’s how Bill O’Reilly explains it to us: Also you heard an atheist on this program last night say the federal holiday of Christmas imposes religion on him. What religion would that be? He says Christianity. But Christianity is not [Read More...]

Theology Matters: Sarah Coakley on Women Bishops

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You may have heard by now that The Church of England recently voted down a measure that would have allowed women priests to become bishops.  {~audible sigh~} Sarah Coakley points out in her article on the whole matter that the two bodies of church leadership, the houses of bishops and clergy, overwhelmingly voted in support [Read More...]

Why Incarnation?

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“The Lutheran maxim that the finite bears the infinite (finitum capax infiniti) is an incarnational and sacramental summary of this good news. Indeed the good news of Christmas is that the Word is born into the flesh of all creation.”  This statement frames my answer to the latest #progGOD question:  Why an Incarnation?  What does [Read More...]

Top Three Posts in November

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These were the three most-viewed posts here at feminismxianity in November 2012: David Frum (Surprisingly?) Gets it Right on Abortion Pussy Riot = Feminism + Religion + Russia Seriously, Where’s Jesus? This last one was also picked up by and published in my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, which has been lots of fun.  My [Read More...]

Support the Goddess Mural

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I’ve had the privilege of worshipping and speaking at herchurch in San Francisco a couple of times in recent years.  It’s a creative community committed to celebrating the divine presence “through many names and metaphors,” particularly those that are female: “We are a diverse community, standing firmly within the Christian tradition in order to re-image [Read More...]

Seriously, Where’s Jesus?

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A friend and local business owner posted this picture with a half-furious comment on Facebook yesterday:  “Seriously?! Who steals Jesus?!”  The baby Jesus had been stolen from one of the nativity scenes on display in her very lovely fair trade store, Just Good Trade: The comments that followed from her creative and wise friends were [Read More...]

Can a Story Make You Believe in God?

So, can a story make you believe in God? Note:  In this post, I take up a central question posed by the framing of Life of Pi.  If you don’t want to know how it ends yet, read this post after you read the book or see the movie. “So tell me, since it makes [Read More...]

Does Gratitude Require God?

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In his book Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh relates an episode in a section titled “To Be Grateful.” “During a conference on religion and peace, a Protestant minister came up to me toward the end of one of our meals together and said, ‘Are you a grateful person?’  I was surprised.  I was [Read More...]

Transgender Awareness Week 2012

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Last week, at the annual meeting of Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies at the AAR/SBL, I talked about how transgender activism and queer theory needs to be more a part of our theological reflections on what it means to be a woman.  Here’s some of what I said, framed and informed by the [Read More...]


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