As an atheist who works with religious persons, I am honored to be a part of these “Emerging Voices.” By way of introduction, I first met Holly Roach and Steve Knight at a conference they coordinated at Mission Gathering Church in San Diego. Ryan Bell, Adele Sakler, and myself were invited to lead a panel on Skeptimergent—a group of skeptics and non-believers interested in discussing the role that liberal and Emergent forms of Christianity took in their lives. I first came in contact with Emerg … [Read more...]
I met Brian a few years back when I picked him up from the airport for a conference I was coordinating at Claremont School of Theology. During our ride back, we chatted about atheism, progressive Christianity, and ways we thought they could work together. And as much as I wanted to find fault with him, his insipid kindness won me over.Since that time, I have been working with Churches, trying to find ways in which we can work together. So I thought I would ask Brian some questions th … [Read more...]
"The death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world."--Edgar Allen Poe--I have always been a fan of the gloomy Mr. Poe. I remember the first time I purchased his Complete Works and spent a summer reading through it. I was infatuated in the aesthetics of his vocabulary, how we painted the world dark with words, and how the confidence of his prose contrasted with his emotional instability. I was also interested in how he viewed religion and re … [Read more...]
The Post-Colonial Method versus the Sociological Method in the Study of Religion: Top-down or Bottom-up?
In the current study of “religion,” two different methods have developed that are often in tension with each other. The first is the Post-Colonial Method (PCM) with scholars like Talal Asad, Edward Said, Timothy Fitzgerald, and Gayatri Spivak, and the second is the Sociological Method (SM) with scholars like Steve Bruce, Phil Zuckerman, and Barry A. Kosmin. Each of these methods has their own histories, assumptions, and trajectories for the study of religion. The tensions between the two ar … [Read more...]
Kile Jones had a great idea - ask churches to invite an atheist to share at church. We, at Solomon's Porch took him up on this idea and this past Sunday along with churches around the country we interviewed 3 people from the Minnesota Atheists group during our gatherings.One of the recordings didn't turn out, but here are two of the conversations. … [Read more...]
If it was not for a Russian obsession with 'windscreen cams' we westerners would never have seen the seven ton rock, travelling at 17,000 miles per second, explode with the equivalent of five atom bombs of the kind dropped on Hiroshima. Incredibly no body died even though the shock wave travelled all around and through the world.We in the UK have just seen a well produced documentary all about the risk our planet faces from lumps of asteroid, and the effort and technology NASA is … [Read more...]
Before I ever applied for a Ph.D. program at Claremont School of Theology, I was aware that CST was primarily known for its work in process theology. I had heard of John B. Cobb, David Ray Griffin, Philip Clayton and the Center for Process Studies, but that was about it. During my graduate studies at Boston University’s School of Theology (another School of Theology sponsored by the United Methodist Church) I had read portions of A.N. Whitehead’s Process and Reality, Cobb & Griffin’s Proces … [Read more...]