The Castration Of God

We are in danger of losing everything: the threat is that we will be reduced to abstract subjects devoid of all substantial content, dispossessed of our symbolic substance, our genetic base heavily manipulated, vegetating in an unlivable environment. – Zizek Atheist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek is talking of the inherent problems with capitalism [Read More...]

Angels and Demons, Part I

Are angels and demons biblical? Associate Dean of Religious Life and author Jim Burklo recently responded to a series of questions on angels and archangels by the producers of the TV series “Supernatural.” We’ll post excerpts from his interview over the course of this week.
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Dominoes, Anyone? Lectionary Reflection on Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1-10

The afternoon sun dappled through the palladium windows in Kirby Parlor at Perkins School of Theology one autumn afternoon a couple years ago. It lit up the rugged, handsome features of an athletic 60 year old man seated in a circle of about 30 young preaching students. He was John Irving, the novelist, author of The World according to Gap, Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany among other novels. He was on campus to do the Tate lectures at SMU and graciously agreed to spend an hour with my preaching students. They provided the topic: What do sermon writing and novel writing have in common?

“Where do you start when you write a novel?” asked one young student.
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God IS One

Despite the hyperbole of its dustcover — “The Clash of the Gods” — Stephen Prothero’s God Is not One presents a simple truth: the world’s religions are really different. Our blogger roundtable continues with a post by progressive Christian theologian Bruce Epperly. [Read more...]

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector: Reflections on Sunday’s Scriptures

This week’s parable is about two men who each offer prayers, with surprisingly different results. I would rather identify with the tax collector, not, of course, because he is hated by his community due to his exploitative profession, but because God liked his prayer better. [Read more...]

We Really Ought To Name Something “Bob”

“No matter how hard I try, the moment I mention the word, church, people pretty much run in the other direction. Which would be OK with me if I didn’t think that some active engagement with the mystery we call God might be useful for people who would like to develop and grow. So I tell them what church is not, and still they run. Now I’m thinking, maybe we ought to just call it “Bob.” Presbyterian Pastor Sam Alexander considers re-naming Church. [Read more...]

“God Is Not One:” A Helpful Tool for Genuine Interfaith Conversation?

“I had five roommates my freshman year of college. Three of them were Jewish. And one was more involved in Jewish student life than the rest. So one night, I asked her if she’d be interested in a conversation to compare our religious beliefs. I was cross-legged on the bed. She pulled the chair out from my desk and turned to face me. “Let’s start with the basics,” I said. “What do you believe about God?” Amy Julia Becker on why the book God Is Not One may have aided her ensuing conversation. [Read more...]

Monday Morning Meditation: Twists and Turns of the Labyrinth

The twists and turns of the labyrinth, at one moment walking straight towards the centre and then suddenly turning towards the perimeter, reminded me that there are times well into our Christian journey when we feel we are back to our starting point. [Read more...]

Post-Capitalism Christianity: Something Worth Fighting For

“Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are privately owned and operated for a private profit; decisions regarding supply, demand, price, distribution, and investments are made by private actors in the market rather than by central planning by the government; profit is distributed to owners who invest in businesses, and wages [Read More...]

Atheism for Theists

There are few places as good as seminary to lose one’s faith, or at the least to have it pushed, twisted and forced past any place you had safely stacked out in advance. I had already considered myself a theologically liberal guy and had chosen my seminary carefully – a school with historically left-leaning theological [Read More...]

Becoming The Things We Hate: Deconstituting The Poor

“Status is important sociologically because it comes with a set of rights, obligations, behaviors, and duties that people occupying a certain position are expected or encouraged to perform” Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if [Read More...]

On Being a Faithful Citizen: A New Weekly Column by Greg Garrett

This week, we’re excited to launch a new column on Religion and Politics, by Baylor University Professor, author and Episcopal Lay Leader Greg Garrett. Each Thursday, Garrett will be raising questions and offering his insights on what it is to be a faithful citizen in this time. Read an excerpt from his first post here and join the conversation. [Read more...]