A ‘Kind’ of Conservatism

Three encounters in the past month have opened my eyes to a ‘kind’ of conservatism that I am suspicious I was not hip to previously. In the heated spectrum-thinking cultural climate that exists today, it is easy to get distracted by the exaggerated and inflammatory. What is more difficult to … Read more about A ‘Kind’ of Conservatism

Doing Theology in the 21st Century. or why Aquinas is a footnote

We are going to have to agree to disagree about some things. One thing that I would ask (in my generous orthodoxy style) is that we both acknowledge those things that we agree on as well as those we don’t. The reason that is important is because of something that Phyllis Tickle points out … Read more about Doing Theology in the 21st Century. or why Aquinas is a footnote

Preferring the Past: Phyllis Tickle, Radical Orthodoxy and the Tea Party

There has a been an uproar this week over Phyllis Tickle’s closing comments at last weekend’s big emergent event in Memphis. It was a party to celebrate Phyllis and her book “Emergence Christianity”. Friend of the podcast, Julia Clawson (who was at the gathering) wrote an amazing reflection on … Read more about Preferring the Past: Phyllis Tickle, Radical Orthodoxy and the Tea Party

You have to believe in Hell, Predestination, Election and the Book of Revelation

On last week’s TNT I said something that I have heard a lot of positive - and some negative - feedback on. I thought it would be good to continue the conversation here on the blog.  My assertion was that: If you are a Christian, you have to believe something about hell. It is just not an option to … Read more about You have to believe in Hell, Predestination, Election and the Book of Revelation

Clarifying the Quadrilateral

a quick follow up to the post earlier this week  I wanted to thank everyone who gave feedback on the Four Locations of Theology in the 21st century post from earlier this week. I appreciate the comments here, on facebook, and the emails.  It has given me a lot to think about and I wanted to clarify … Read more about Clarifying the Quadrilateral

21st Century Theology: four locations for the endeavor

I come from a Methodist tradition that looks to John Wesley as its founder. Wesley utilized a famous quadrilateral to talk about how we do theology. The four elements were Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. I love the quad! I am a proud descendant of Wesley and I still find it quite … Read more about 21st Century Theology: four locations for the endeavor

The Limits of Language: Lindbeck and Whitehead

Part 1 I like reading Linbeck.* I used to say that I love Lindbeck but I ran into two snags:  I had no idea what people did with Lindbeck. I did not realize that it often led to retreat into a neo-Catholic expression. I did not (and still do not) fully understand that there is some inherent … Read more about The Limits of Language: Lindbeck and Whitehead

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