God is non-violent? All I can say is, WTF?

That’s right–What the Facebook? Posts from the Edge of Christendom. That’s the title of Michael Hardin’s new book, which was extracted from his voluminous posts on Facebook throughout 2013. In it, he articulates a fresh perspective on the Christian faith that offers an exciting alternative to the sacrificial logic of a violent God who punished [Read More...]

Two (make that three) mistakes fundamentalists make

Mistake #1: Failing to distinguish between an interpretation of their sacred text and the text, itself. Mistake #2: Giving undue authority to their particular interpretation of that text. These lead naturally to… Mistake #3: Defending that interpretation at all costs, b/c what they really think they are defending is the text, itself. This leads me [Read More...]

Christian fundamentalism–another gospel? Guest post by Michael Hardin

Michael Hardin is a mimetic theorist, author of The Jesus Driven Life, and co-founder of Preaching Peace. Perhaps better known as “the guy with the ponytail in Hellbound?“. He posted this on his Facebook page today, and I simply had to repost it here. But thank God, who is always leading us around through Christ [Read More...]

Guest Post: A Christological Perspective on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

I’ve spent a fair bit of time on this blog talking about belief formation, particularly within the framework of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, which outlines four different potential sources of theological conclusions–Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience. In a recent email exchange, Michael Hardin, author of The Jesus Driven Life and co-founder of Preaching Peace, offered a [Read More...]

Two (make that three) good reasons to watch this “Hellbound?” outtake

First reason: It offers a fantastic introduction to Rene Girard’s mimetic theory of violence and religion, delivered by none other than Michael Hardin, mimetic theorist and co-founder of Preaching Peace. Second reason: Preaching Peace is currently experiencing financial difficulties, so we are giving 50% of the proceeds from this video to support their ministry. Third [Read More...]

“Hellbound?” to screen at Colloquium on Violence and Religion

Today it was officially announced that Hellbound? will screen at the annual Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R), to be held at the University of Northern Iowa July 10-14. The theme of this year’s conference is “Space, Place and Mimetic Theory,” with a special emphasis on mimetic theory and the environment. Hellbound? will screen two [Read More...]


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