Rolling Jubilee: Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land

The Rolling Jubilee is a little picture of the divine economy, leveraging liberation for people enslaved by debts they can never repay. The project “buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it.” And the destitute hear good news. [Read more…]

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Obama and the ‘social justice tradition’ of American Christianity

Scot McKnight on the difference between the white Social Gospel and the social justice tradition of the black church: “A theology done from the oppressed and for the oppressed is not the same as a theology done from the position of power and privilege.” [Read more…]

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The meaning of human suffering is not The Meaning of Human Suffering

Human suffering is not primarily a metaphysical problem. It is also that, and such metaphysical conundrums are immensely important in many ways. But these philosophical and theological dilemmas are always secondary. Hunger, for example, is not a metaphysical problem. The meaning of hunger is not to be found in theodicy or philosophy or mysticism. The meaning of hunger is to be fed. [Read more…]

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Theology & science fiction: A Calvinist dystopia

Here is my proposal for theological science fiction. Start with our world, with this world as it is. Now change just two things: 1. Calvinism is true and hegemonic; and 2. God’s unconditional elect, those predestined for salvation, are unambiguously and physically marked as such, from birth. [Read more…]

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Ninevites are not ‘God’s children’

“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” [Read more…]

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The evangelical-mainline shell-game

Ellen Painter Dollar extends an invitation to young evangelicals exhausted and frustrated by their community: While I am sympathetic to those who wish to bring reforms, of feminist and other natures, to the evangelical movement, I also want to remind those who are fed up with how women and their voices are welcomed (or not) [Read More…]

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Calvinists, Arminians, atheists and other sub-categories of non-Sheilaism

“Does God Play Duck-Duck-Goose?” Richard Beck asks, critiquing the Calvinist doctrine of “double predestination.” That’s the idea that “before you were even born, God had predestined you to either go to heaven or go to hell.” Beck notes that: Double predestination has been roundly criticized, even within Reformed circles. But many people do subscribe to [Read More…]

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The Committee will see you now

This photograph of Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr and Henry Pitney Van Dusen (which I’ve seen credited to Gjon Mili of Time) seemed irresistible to me. Think you can do better. Well, I think you can. I’m sure of it. So here’s the template, if you’re tempted. [Read more…]

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