The Challenge and Salvation of Desire

Lacan and the Beacon of Desire

"Desire, on the other hand, is dangerous to the world as it is. It is what produces our dissatisfaction with our pleasures because our pleasures can never keep up with the desires they (cl)aim to satisfy. Desire is a beacon to a different world."
It’s Beautiful When You Eat: Reclaiming and Rediscovering Appetite
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It’s Beautiful When You Eat: Reclaiming and Rediscovering Appetite

"It would seem that misogynistic religious traditions sometimes play a role in the entry of anorexia and various eating disorders, as they encourage women to develop appetite-denying practices. Traditional, patriarchal readings of the text take away the notion of appetite as life giving, and these alternative readings have the ability to give women back what was taken from them: a healthy appetite, the expression of which is in their control."
Jesus Hated Family Values by Ben Garrett

Jesus Hated Family Values

"Throughout his ministry, Jesus is in conflict with both the notion of family (Mt. 20:34-37, Mt.19:1-10, Mt. 23:9) and his own family (Lk. 2: 42-52, Mk. 3:21). If we move beyond Jesus’ ministry and look at the epistles and the practice of early Christians we see this conflict continuing and becoming institutionalized. The Christians’ decision to address each other as brothers and sisters deeply disturbed the surrounding society. Indeed, because of this practice and that their ritual greetings included kissing, Christians were accused of incest."
The American Church in Black and White
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The American Church in Black and White

"What I do know is that being black in segregated white churches makes white people so uncomfortable that they choose to silence us, and call our pain “division.” The very pain that wouldn’t exist if, as Dr. Eric Mason likes to say, the white church had been the church instead of being the white church."
Mass Incarceration: A Theological Reflection

Mass Incarceration: A Theological Reflection

"Today, rather than using explicitly derogatory slurs and epithets to justify our structural violence toward the most disadvantaged in our society, we as Christians, complicit by participation and acceptance, have offered a new name, a new label that makes our mistreatment of other humans seem God-ordained."