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...]

Moral outrage and other ways to “win” arguments

If you’d like to read a fascinating critique of penal substitutionary atonement theory, I heartily recommend you read through Michael Hardin’s comments on this recent post by Scot McKnight. However, if you’d like to observe some commonly employed tactics used to avoid substantive critique of one’s position, I invite you to read Scot’s post, itself. [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...]

Does the horror film “You’re Next” portend the end of America?

Anyone familiar with Rene Girard and mimetic theory will know that one of the signals you’re reading a persecution text–a text that seeks to obscure or distort communal violence against a sacrificial victim–is a breakdown in distinctions necessary to the social order. This leads to a crisis situation, because if such distinctions dissolve, the community [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...]

Laying the groundwork for my next project(s)

Over the past several months Hellbound? has kept me more than busy with screenings, DVD/VOD preparations (Available May 28!), delivery to broadcasters and an endless stream of other details you never fully anticipate when setting out to produce, market and distribute an independent film. But when you lead the kind of life I do, you [Read More...]


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