Althusser on the future of the Church

Thanks to Dean from the Magnificast for pointing out this passage from Louis Althusser's essay "A Matter of Fact," which speaks to the case for church abolition: "We should not, however, gloss over the fact that, given the present state of affairs, this positive reconquest of religious life through real criticism cannot be the collective … Continue reading Althusser on the future of the Church

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The Secret of Jesus: Against Imperialist Christianity

“A miracle,” says one, “would strengthen my faith.” He says so when he does not see one. Reasons, seen from afar, appear to limit our view; but when they are reached, we begin to see beyond. (Pascal, Pensées) Luke and Matthew’s accounts of Jesus’ birth are in many ways documents of ‘glory’. In the Nativity … Continue reading The Secret of Jesus: Against Imperialist Christianity

The Religious Society of Friends: Children of Prophets or Children of Propheticide?

The following post was written by Blake Everitt, an English Friend and member of the newly-formed Revolutionary Quakers. This essay explores the prophetic and apocalyptic nature of early Quakerism, and sketches out how middle class revisionism took over the Religious Society of Friends. “But wo from the Lord God unto them that strive to hinder … Continue reading The Religious Society of Friends: Children of Prophets or Children of Propheticide?

Fox and Dōgen: Finding Paradise in Every Moment

Why We Belong Be still and cool in your own mind and spirit from your own thoughts, and then you will feel the principle of God to turn your mind to the Lord God, from whom life comes; whereby you may receive his strength and power to allay all blusterings, storms, and tempests. (George Fox) … Continue reading Fox and Dōgen: Finding Paradise in Every Moment

A Radical Christian Vision of Theology

"Almost invariably the radical Christian has set himself against theology, believing that theology is inevitably bound to the authority of the Church, and thus is incapable either of speaking the original language of faith or of expressing a contemporary Christian vision. Quite simply the radical Christian has judged theology as such to be closed to … Continue reading A Radical Christian Vision of Theology

Altizer on the Word & Revelation

When revelation is so conceived, it will be historical only to the extent that it ceases to be revelation. As opposed to this purely religious form of revelation, a truly historical revelation can only occur in the contingent actuality of a profane history, and thus it must inevitably appear in a fallen rather than an … Continue reading Altizer on the Word & Revelation