The 2016 Presidential campaign is making fools out of the American people. The world is both laughing and/or incredulously horrified at what they are seeing. Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin suggested that other people knew us better than we know ourselves. This is certainly not true in every respect, but when people watch our actions, we … More Our Vote Betrays Us (Part 1)
“The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!” Donald Trump – Christmas Day Tweet I am weighing into this topic about Pope Francis and Trump six days after it blew up – rather late considering the pace of the news, but then … More Trump, You’ve been Poped! – evaluating the exchanges between them
Happy Birthday Jesus! This year, we are giving you a pile of coal. Yes, it’s your 2,015th Birthday (or 2,016th or 2009th or whatever some scholar is going to tell us), but this year the best we could scrape up for a gift is some low grade extra smoky coal. Not even a good hard chunk … More Happy Birthday Jesus! – Larycia Hawkins & Mark Driscoll
This book project, which is the beginning of a series of theoretical works, is now in the pre-sale, fundraising stage. 24 hours ago, the Kickstarter project went live. Already over 25 books (both hard copy and ebook) have been sold and the minimum for this funding project is 43% completed. I had a publisher interested … More Burning Religion is live!
Francis’ indictment of mafia violence and calling them to repentance with the threat of Hell, is a perfect model for some of my thoughts about navigating the space between the church and the world, especially when seen in the light of his responses to both atheists and the LGBTQ community. Perhaps Francis has now fully … More The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community
Is it enough to say stop? No. Not even for the Pope, but that’s what Francis did today. Well, he actually did a bit more than tell the mafia to stop the violence. Francis attended a gathering with people who have organized against mafia violence. Libera has been in existence since 1995, and is a grassroots … More Stop the violence: Pope threatens mafia with Hell!