On the Death of God

from Thomas J. J. Altizer's The Gospel of Christian Atheism Can we join Zarathustra in his hymn of praise to joy? Can we, too, repudiate every reversal of the present, every flight from pain, every backward movement to eternity? But this is to ask the Christian if he dares to open himself to the Christ who … Continue reading On the Death of God

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Abolish the Priesthood

"Christianity was very different at the beginning. The first reference to the Jesus movement in a nonbiblical source comes from the Jewish Roman historian Flavius Josephus, writing around the same time that the Gospels were taking form. Josephus described the followers of Jesus simply as 'those that loved him at the first and did not … Continue reading Abolish the Priesthood

God’s Word to the Churches of Empire

In the season of July 4th, countless apostate churches across the so-called U.S. will honor empire this Sunday. To those churches, we declare Isaiah 66 (The Message): Your acts of worship are acts of sin: Your sacrificial slaughter of the ox is no different from murdering the neighbor; Your offerings for worship, no different from … Continue reading God’s Word to the Churches of Empire

An Excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison

Is there any concern in the Old Testament about saving one's soul at all? Is not righteousness and the kingdom of God on earth the focus of everything, and is not Romans 3:14 too, the culmination of the view that in God alone is righteousness, and not in an individualistic doctrine of salvation? It is … Continue reading An Excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison

Why Would God Repent? The Theology Behind a Remorseful Jesus (Matt. 3:13)

by Ben Wood, originally posted on his blog The New Testament preserves a strange incident which offers a key to understanding the internal radicalism of the Gospel message. Jesus is walking beside the Jordan River with his cousin, the wandering prophet John, and asks to be baptised. Initially John resists this request saying “I need … Continue reading Why Would God Repent? The Theology Behind a Remorseful Jesus (Matt. 3:13)