Posted in March 2012

The Predicament of Believing Philip Clayton

The Predicament of Believing Philip Clayton

Spoiler Alert: I going to recommend that you read this book. This is a difficult era for those who find themselves committed to the values of scientific rationality and yet moved by the claims of a religious tradition. That is how the preface to Philip Clayton’s new book The Predicament of Belief  begins. I am … Continue reading

the Death of the Liberals is killing us

the Death of the Liberals is killing us

In chapter 1 of his book Death of Liberal Class, Chris Hedges sketches both the height of the Liberal era in the 19th century and its cataclysmic implosion with the arrival of World War in the 20th. The disillusionment of human evil, aggression, and suffering deflated the optimism of innate human goodness and inevitable progress … Continue reading

Bending the Spectrum

Bending the Spectrum

I have never been a big fan of ‘spectrum’ thinking. The language of far left and far right  just rings hollow for me. It is insufficient for the most part and in the end, inaccurate. I read the book The Argument Culture by Deborah Tannen more than a decade ago and said out loud “Oh! … Continue reading

Two Trolls and a Bridge (part 2 of 3)

Two Trolls and a Bridge (part 2 of 3)

In part one I mentioned that there are two trolls that guard the bridge to a new way. I named them as Colonial Christianity and Environmental Dualism. Of the many issues facing us, let me tell why I recognized those two. In 1421 Chinese ships landed on the Pacific coast of what we know as … Continue reading

Why I love Narrative Theology

Why I love Narrative Theology

Inspired by a post that J.R. Daniel Kirk did over at Storied Theology on Narrative. I went to my nightstand for my trusty Global Dictionary of Theology – from which I do most of my morning reading. I looked up Narrative Theology and thought it would be cool to see this same content as a … Continue reading

A Change in Seasons – Spring 2012

A Change in Seasons – Spring 2012

Over the past couple of months this blog has been primarily focused on two reoccurring themes: how we read the Bible and making sense of the miraculous. I didn’t plan it that way, per se, but it just kept coming up – and since I love those two topics, I went with it. Now I … Continue reading

a 3rd way to read the Bible?

a 3rd way to read the Bible?

In an ongoing search for a hermeneutical practice that is both healthy and accountable (meaning lifegiving without being merely devotional and scholarly without being dry) I have written quite a bit about the journey. I had a multi-part post a while back  Part 1    Part 3 as well Moving Mountains &  Signs that make you … Continue reading

Loving Jesus – While Hating Religion

Loving Jesus – While Hating Religion

originally posted at HBC Jeff Bethke has created quite a stir with his YouTube video that begins “Jesus came to abolish religion.”  Many video responses have followed (including a Muslim response) and  some bloggers have meticulously  attacked the logic behind his poem point-by-point.  Two  weeks ago  he was in Time magazine. This whole controversy gets … Continue reading