In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. It shunts aside the labor of others and disguises our own labor to ourselves. It hides the fact that if we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for… Continue reading Neoliberal Exploitation, Work Within Christian Culture, and the “Do What You Love” Philosophy
I want to deconstruct some words former Moderator, Norman Hamilton, said at the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s (PCI) General Assembly last week. This is not meant with malice, it is not a personal attack. I intend to use these words to provide an analysis of a wider trend (if not malaise) identifiable within the Presybo-gelical… Continue reading Fear of the “Academic Theologian”: Deconstructing the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
'Pirates and Prodigals' was a conversation between Kester Brewin, Peter Rollins, and Barry Taylor held Fuller Theological Seminary in October past. As the blurb reads, the discussion starts from a reflection on the tragedy of the pirate and prodigal son archetypes and what this means for the future church... drew from ideas presented in Kester Brewin’s latest… Continue reading Pirates and Prodigals: A conversation in Radical Theology with Kester Brewin, Peter Rollins, and Barry Taylor
Brian McLaren breaks down some central elements of his latest book, 'Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross The Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World,' with this video, 'Toward the Other,' recorded with 'The Work of the People' (which is a straight up awesome video channel!). I think the truth is, we… Continue reading “Toward the Other” – Brian McLaren brings it on religious identity and pluralism!
Speaking of all of this in changed contexts None of the context specific words of Jesus, actions of humans and events of history past are repeatable for us in some unusual historical replay but if we take seriously Jesus’ words and hold that they are to have some normative significance for those follow after him… Continue reading Maybe Jesus really had (and still has) a problem with rich folk (Pt. 2)
In recent months something utterly fascinating to me has come to my attention on a number of occasions. It is the reaction of young people (and I am certain this applies to many who are older as well! I speak primarily from interactions I have had directly.) to Jesus’ comments to, and critique of, the… Continue reading Maybe Jesus really had (and still has) a problem with rich folk (Pt. 1)
Yesterday I read ‘The Hunger Games.’ There is an awful lot to praise Suzanne Collins for, most especially in how it could be understood as a rather pointed nuanced cultural critique.A lot stood out to me as I read but what I found of particular note was her way of capturing how ideology functions –… Continue reading ‘The Hunger Games’ and Christianity’s Sacramental Protest