What if the death of God at the end of Modernity was stitched in the metaphysical assumptions from the outset? What if these assumptions can and should be challenged on scientific and philosophical grounds? What if these assumptions have been internalized, not just in the academy, but in the … Read more about How Modern Metaphysics Killed God with John Cobb #FANiac
Does God ever call us to injure other people? Again, I think the answer is affirmative. If killing Hitler could have stopped the Holocaust and shortened the war, Bonhoeffer was right to support that project. On a much lesser scale, Jesus used violence to cleanse the temple. Whitehead pointed out … Read more about With Imagination, Anything is Possible: Process Theology, MacGyver and Non-Violence
As you may be aware, with the release of the Man of Steel movie earlier this year there was a major push by evangelical marketing types to get preachers to focus on the messianic imagery that had been intentionally spliced into the movie. This is not my concern (although insights about that … Read more about Jesus Isn’t Superman
John Cobb is the world's foremost Process theologian & Tripp's personal hero. He has been on the podcast a number of times but this time we are going to talk about Jesus, the season of Advent, & a Process understanding of the Incarnation. We hope you enjoy it & go subscribe to the new … Read more about Have Yourself a John Cobb Advent! #FANiac
Three things have been rattling around in by cranium while I was away this Spring. 1. The cicada’s came back. Every 17 years the Periodical Cicada Brood II emerges to rollick in the Eastern half of the U.S. for a brief but frenzied round of sex and gluttony. We will not see them again for 17 … Read more about Process Is Poised For A Comeback
I can't wait for THE most epic nerdy event of the year - Subverting the Norm! This April 5 & 6 an amazing collection of thinkers and practitioners will be gathering at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri for a conversation every Homebrewed Christianity Deacon dreams about. The speaker … Read more about 7 Reasons to Subvert the Norm in April
This morning David Fitch tweeted this: "The biggest task of today's church is to undermine in its members the blase unexamined acceptance of secular assumptions for everyday life." I have been thinking about it all day. I'm not sure he is right on this one. Now just to let you know where I … Read more about Is David Fitch right about the Church’s task?
I have been burning through my Summer reading list and I seem to have stumbled onto a rich vein of form! The odd thing is that they are all books with 'God' in the title. There are 5 (out of about 20) but they seem to have all ended up in the middle of stack. Here are the 5 I am chewing on right … Read more about Who Is God? or the Gods John Cobb doesn’t believe in
There is a fascinating conversation these days about what exactly is going to happen to the the 'Old'line (what used to be the Mainline) denominations and why exactly it has happened. Both John Cobb (a while ago) and Diana Butler Bass (more recently) have had amazingly insightful takes about it on … Read more about Concern about the Collapse of the Mainline Liberal
It is fascinating what happens to conversations when you take away one word. Words are like little suitcases - people put understandings or concepts in them and then carry them around as self contained units. Its so easy! They come with these convenient little handles and you can you pack so much … Read more about This is the best that God can do?
Earlier this week I wrote about Dealing with Demons - a progressive take, and in it I mentioned that the Devil was a personification of when evil is too big and too bad for us to comprehend as a human result ... we outsource to an ancient, cosmic bad guy. Many were able to track with the demon … Read more about Evil Is as Evil Does
Resurrecting space for belief Easter is a big deal. Passages like Paul’s claim in 1 Corinthians 15:13-15 (NIV) tell us: 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More … Read more about Reflecting on the Resurrection part 2