Give (The Department of) Peace a Chance

The time is upon us to recognize that peace is not merely a destination, but a journey, and not merely a noun, but a verb, for we can be people of peace even in the midst of a violent world. [Read more…]

There Will Soon Be No More Priests: A Review of Occupy Spirituality

Matthew Fox’s new book “Occupy Spirituality” is at least as much about “occupying” religion in order to break it open as it is about “occupying” Wall Street in order to reveal alternatives to its assumptions. [Read more…]

Mimetic Theory and American Exceptionalism

By Suzanne Ross and Adam Ericksen The Raven Foundation So out of the entire op-ed piece published by President Putin in the New York Times on September 12, his challenge to American exceptionalism is what has everyone up in arms. At the very end of the piece, he takes exception to Obama’s assertion of our [Read More…]

Occupy Spirituality: A Video Interview with Matthew Fox

Think the Occupy Movement has come and gone? Not so, claims renowned theologian Matthew Fox, the co-author, along with activist Adam Bucko, of a new book called Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation. Occupy may have been diverted temporarily, Fox says, but the movement is still very much alive — morphing, changing, and deepening [Read More…]

St. Augustine on Syria

Christianity has concerned itself with matters of war and peace for almost its entire history. The one unifying assumption of the faith has been that war is terrible and is to be avoided assiduously. There has always been a part of Christianity that has rejected war absolutely, considering participation in it to be completely contrary [Read More…]

Mimetic Mondays: Reflections on Syria

By Adam Ericksen and Suzanne Ross As the world wrestles with how to respond to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, we thought we’d offer you some mimetic reflections on the use of violence. Mimetic theory is an anthropological theory of human violence that has theological implications. The reflections in this article are [Read More…]

Sinner and Saint: An Interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pastrix, the much-anticipated spiritual memoir of one of progressive Christianity’s most talked-about and unconventional pastors, Nadia Bolz-Weber, hits the market this week from Jericho Books. The cover, featuring a gorgeous, backlit photo of a pensive Bolz-Weber baring her stunning shoulder-to-wrist spiritual tattoos, is worth the price of the book alone. But once you open the [Read More…]

Syria: Groupthink or Grouppray?

With morbid fascination, I’m watching the leaders of the United States groupthink their way into a counterproductive use of American military force.  It’s disturbing to observe otherwise intelligent and well-motivated public servants drift into a bad decision. If I’ve learned anything in my 60 years as a citizen of this country, it’s this:  I don’t [Read More…]

The Nonviolent Atonement: Brian McLaren and James Alison on Violence, God, and Mimetic Theory

[Editor’s Note: This post, by Adam Ericksen from The Raven Foundation, is the second in our new weekly series on Mimetic Theory.] I’ve been excited to tell you this ever since July…There has been much anticipated within mimetic theory circles for the conversation between Brian McLaren and James Alison and I can now tell you that it has been [Read More…]

Brian McLaren on Passing on the Faith

All month here at Patheos, we’ve been exploring the topic of Passing on the Faith to our children. How do we pass on this faith we cherish so much to our beloved children? A fantastic group of voices and perspectives from across the religious spectrum have weighed in on this important question, from Progressive Christians (Phyllis [Read More…]

Dying for a Drink

(an excerpt from SOULJOURN, my new novel)   We worked all day.  Dad and Rachel were on one team, Father Crespi and I were on another, refilling tanks, cleaning up trash around them, and placing new ones.  Five new blue flags, marking the new tanks, waved defiantly against the demon of thirst, and fluttered in [Read More…]

To Sing and Dance: Confessions of a Religious, but Not Spiritual

When I think about spiritual disciplines as something I need to do in order to be a “good” Christian, every fiber of my being rebels. But when I think about them as roadmaps, paths that a great cloud of witnesses have traversed for thousands of years before me, then there is a stirring in my soul. [Read more…]