Last night was our Pub Theology discussion. Before the meeting happened, I proposed the following topic: “Argue and have a pint. Looking for people who can tell us the benefits of the capitalistic binge party that Christmas has become. Or, you can argue against that, or you can say that I have defined some false … More The Benefits of Consumerist Christmas
There is a movement today not unlike the “Death of God” theology of the late 50’s early 60’s. One theologian would suggest that what needed to die was our perspectives on God, and another would suggest that we simply came to a place where the idea of God was no longer needed in a modern/post-modern … More Burn Religion this coming year!
“Open thine arms and receive, too, thy son Don Quixote, who, if he comes vanquished by the arm of another, comes victor over himself, which, as he himself has told me, is the greatest victory anyone can desire.” – Sancho Panza, squire to Don Quixote Don Quixote’s name entered English vocabulary as an eponymous adjective in … More We Are Don Quixote: belief and madness
My friend Steve is the researcher in Post-Christian Culture for the Anglican Church. He studies the cultural dynamics of religion in the UK, and develops resources for Christians to engage an ever-developing post-Christian society. The US is following these same momentous, changing dynamics as Europe. This is not to say that Christianity is not the … More A Post-Islamic World: Is it coming in a not too distant future?
The Million Student March is happening today. It feels like an extension of the Occupy movement. In fact, at UMass Amherst some students were occupying the student union building – probably because it has been raining. Websites have been running updates from the marches around the country, but it seems well under the hoped for … More Million Student March: are the mixed messages saying nothing?
Since I am on the Open Letter kick, this issue, which was pointed out by my friend Trey McCain, deserves attention. Do not blame Trey for the post below, which are my own satirical responses to our silly world. The following Open Letter is all my fault – well Mikhail Bakhtin, François Rabelais and all my … More Open Letter to Offended Yale Students: Your micro-diaper-bursts are killing education
Burning Religion has come out in eBook first (Print soon to follow). Self-publishing this project means that I have been the person formatting this book for eBook publication. The difficulty level of this task is not high, but the attention to details is fairly important, and adding a few little bells and whistles (links to … More Burning Religion eBook
As an Evangelical/Pentecostal pastor (some would say I am post-Evangelical/post-Pentecostal, but I would beg to differ), I believe there are some things about raising our voices for causes we can learn from the activities of Christianity. These are powerful lessons for our current political and social causes. Evangelical Christianity has been one of history’s boldest … More The Downside of Raising Our Voices (Lessons from Francis of Assisi): Blog Action Day Post
Thank you to everyone who joined the party, and helped bring Burning Religion to life. In the next 30 days, information will be forthcoming about the release of the book. For those of you, who are interested in pre-ordering Burning Religion, the pre-ordering will be available soon. Actual release date for the ebook is slated … More Burning Religion is Funded!
On Sunday night, Glenn and Mara Coleman set up the first Burning Religion Party at their wonderful house, so nicely named “Willowkeepe.” After the party officially ended and the hanging out began, I asked if I could try an experiment. I had people talk about a subject that they were passionate about. First, they just spoke … More The Power of the Clown Nose
Pope Francis visited Cuba. Raul was impressed and joked that he considered returning to his Catholic roots. Yet, even as the meetings in Cuba were meant to become inspirational, Cuban dissidents were blocked from visiting the Pope, and leaders were arrested and detained. Politics and religion meet again, and they do not kiss. They fight. … More The Pope and the Castros
Here is the fifth reading from my upcoming book Burning Religion due out in mid-October. In this reading, which precedes one of my wildest tales in the book, I connect the dots between corporate power, fart humor and the butterfly effect. You can order the book on the Amazon page.
Sections of Burning Religion are anecdotes from recent and distant history. This comes from the chapter outlining the noble actions of people from many different religious and non-religious persuasions. You can find Burning Religion and join the revolution at the Amazon order page.
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!
“IF COMMENTATORS ON THE contemporary situation of religion agree about anything, it is that the supernatural has departed from the modern world.” – A Rumor of Angels, Peter Berger, 1968 Peter Berger is the eminent sociologist of religion in our world today. He is the President Emeritus of Religion, Sociology and Theology at BU. In 1968, … More What if We are Wrong About the Impending Demise of Religion?