We recently lost one of the most articulate progressive theological voices. Del Brown, theologian and former Dean of the Pacific School of Religion, was a remarkable man. I had the pleasure of meeting Del Brown at the first Transforming Theology event and since then exchanged some emails about … Read more about The Cliff Notes to Progressive Theology (in memory of Del Brown)
John Cobb was the first to publish a book by a philosopher on environmental ethics. Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecology came out in 1972 and was revised in 1995, but remains today as pertinent as ever. Dr. Cobb made a special guest appearance in my Eco-Philosophy class this past week on Earth … Read more about Is it too late? Earth Day 2009 with John Cobb
The New Atheists have been drawing a bunch of media attention that last few years and the responses from a variety of theists have continued to come in. In the video below Philip Clayton discusses why, as a philosopher of science, the New Atheists aren't that new. Primarily he points out that the … Read more about Why the New Atheists aren’t that new….
Bart Ehrman, religion professor at the NCAA tournament champion UNC, has just published a new book and it is on its way to my door step. The book is titled, 'Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible' and you can read a good bit of the book here on his homepage at Harper … Read more about Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible?
John Cobb continues a series on Liberal theology and here discusses how liberal Christian theology learned from liberation theology. … Read more about Liberals learning from Liberation Theology
How do you understand the 'kingdom of God,' the central theme of Jesus teaching? What is the relationship between the kingdom and the church? These are important questions and regular ones for participants in the emerging conversation. The more progressive Christians can often end up distracted … Read more about Kingdom, Church, hmm……
John Cobb discusses 'liberal theology' as a mindset rather than a particular set of conclusions. If being liberal means taking up this mindset then I am pretty liberal while sharing a number of the criticisms Niebuhr and others have made. What do you think of this definition as a mind set? I … Read more about The Spirit of Liberalism (John Cobb)
There is hardly anything as depressing as a progressive Christian who has a hard time saying anything about Jesus. Not just theologians or pastors but just any one who ventures to think about Jesus after biblical criticism in a historical situation that is religiously pluralistic with plenty of … Read more about Rehabilitating Christology
Phyllis Tickle pointed out that 'Emergence' is not simply something going on in the church, but in fact it is taking place everywhere. Emergence, as a concept, first emerged in science and today it has the largest consensus among the scientific community (contra: neo-darwinism, Dawkins...). Philip … Read more about Connecting the Science of Emergence to the Church Emerging
Wow! This is an extremely insightful and spiritually convicting clip. It has resonance with Brian McLaren's 'Everything Must Change' and asks some good questions to reveal how the ecological crisis reflects the consequences of an earlier spiritual crisis. … Read more about The Spiritual Crisis of Economic Seduction
Jamie Moffett just posted a great series of videos featuring Cornel West discussing race in the church and society. I have been a West fan since reading his famous book 'Prophecy Deliverance,' so if you dig these videos check the book out. … Read more about Cornel West on Race in the Church and Society
How can Christians discuss evolution in ways that move from scientific data towards spiritual inspiration? Bruce Sanguin and I try to recover a spirituality of awe and mystery, fostering an ecological Christianity. Our talk covers: disenchantment in the modern era a new cosmology that … Read more about Evolution and Spirituality with Bruce Sanguin: Homebrewed Christianity 43