Theology and Culture

To revisit quickly this post (see here), I wanted to follow-up with one of the comments.  One reader (Jean), noted: “I look forward to hearing your take on how FG theology creates that subculture.” One would have to write a book or a series of posts to really address the assertion that theology creates culture, […]

Not all Fundamentalism is Religious

Putting aside the paradox that perhaps all fundamentalism is religious because the narratives we inhabit should be thought of as that which we believe reflect ultimate concern/absolute meaning and truth comprehensively—even if that ultimate concern/meaning and truth is that there no such thing, i.e. empiricism or positivism, I will still use this title as a […]

The Glory in Front of Us

One mark of modernity is dichotomy.  The world was split asunder when the material and the spiritual were thought, one to be here, and the other, out there…somewhere.  From theological and philosophical moves made in the 14th Century, a two-story universe was constructed.  From thereafter, faith and reason, science and religion, the natural and supernatural, […]

Turning Sideways

Eric Elnes writes in his book, Gifts of the Dark Wood (see here), about “an ancient sacred well in Ireland where Saint Patrick is said to have visited.”  Coming from my funda-gelical background, the idea of “sacred” spaces or geographical locations smacks of superstition.  Of course, I’m not superstitious, but I am a little “stitious” […]

The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Philosopher/theologian and organic farmer Michael Martin writes: “In the Gnostic myth, Sophia suffers in captivity (in matter, the world) awaiting her release and redemption by the soul awakened in Christ. Our own agapeic attention to creation, to the arts, to liturgy, scripture, and so forth likewise awakens Sophia and simultaneously makes present the Parousia (certainly […]