Charlottesville and Christianity: Our Complicity and Its Challenge by Micah Wimmer

Charlottesville and Christianity: Our Complicity and Its Challenge

"Those of us who are people of faith are not called to stand on the sidelines, offering empty gestures and slogans of goodwill, but to fight for justice, standing in solidarity with the oppressed wherever they are to be found. May we fulfill our call."
Posthumanism and Religion by Jacob Vangeest

Posthumanism and Religion

"Posthumanism is distinct from anti-humanism because it doesn't seek to abolish the human. Instead, it rejects anthropocentrism in favor of a decentred human in 'interdependence with multiple others.'"
Science, Faith, and the Riddles of Life by Micah Wimmer

Science, Faith, and the Riddles of Life

"This allows persons of faith to avoid feeling threatened by scientific discoveries which may initially appear to impinge on the Bible’s historical accuracy, and leaves science free from unneeded and unwanted intrusions from religion. It is a way of viewing the two separately that aids in answering 'all possible scientific questions,' while also seeking to touch upon the 'riddles of life,' those which religious faith is uniquely suited to address."
With the Bible in One Hand, and Rebellion in the Other by Ben Garrett

With the Bible in One Hand and Rebellion in the Other

"We must listen intently to our neighbors and how our interpretations shape their world. If the Münster Rebellion can teach us anything, it is that there is nothing more dangerous than an open Bible."
Is "Our Father It?" by Anita Peebles

Is "Our Father" It?

"I must take into account the children raised in households with two mommies, who don’t have a father figure. Just because it does not cause me pain to call God “Father,” it does not mean I am free to do so, to as a minister enforce or normalize this conception of God without considering the experiences of others."
The Labyrinth by Micah Wimmer

The Labyrinth

"The labyrinth symbolizes our spiritual life as a whole in a unique way. One must keep their eyes on the path as they walk, looking neither forward nor backward, or else they will stray from the path they are to continue on. How often do we ruminate endlessly on past mistakes or fear future events which may not even come to pass instead of focusing on the divine presence that permeates every moment? Walking the labyrinth is a way of avoiding such wandering, helping us to fulfill Jesus’ command to consider the lilies rather than being filled with anxiety for tomorrow."
Crucifixion of the Warrior God by Gregory A. Boyd Review

A Review of Gregory Boyd's Crucifixion of the Warrior God

"Did Jesus ever command genocide, violence, and war? The answer, of course, is no. Then why does the Bible depict God as doing so? If we take Jesus seriously as the representation of God’s purposes, embodying love, how does that fact square with all these other, less savory, portraits of God in the Bible?"
The Crux of Salvation by Chase Tibbs

The Crux of Salvation

"Our paradigmatic lenses through which we see the world, our ideas concerning other human beings, our God-talk: these all deeply inform how we relate to each other and think about ourselves. If this were not the case, our theological depictions of God would be meaningless."
Worship from the Mines by Ben Garrett

Worship from the Mines

"Danger is everywhere for these young men. With a 40-year average life-expectancy, miners are exposed to poisonous gases and cave-ins, making death an ever-present possibility in Cerro Rico. In an attempt to protect themselves, the miners make offerings of cocoa and cigarettes to El Tio, the deity of the mines. It’s no wonder statues of El Tio are stationed throughout the mines by the companies who own the mountain. Every day, the Catholic Bolivians descend into the earth and worship the devil."
Immanent Liturgies by Jacob Vangeest

Immanent Liturgies

"In The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Slavoj Žižek reads Christ’s death on the cross as a hopeful one for Christians. For Žižek, Christ signals to the believers his death is good news because 'It means you are alone, left to your freedom. Be in the Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, which is just the community of believers.'"