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 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?

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

The end of Church Theology

"There would seem to be little doubt that we are now entering a period in which Christianity must confront the most radical challenge that it has faced since the time of its beginning. Certainly the churches are inadequately equipped to face such a challenge, and if we were forced to rely solely upon ecclesiastical Christianity … Continue reading The end of Church Theology

The emerging vision of Friendly Fire

Power has a way of co-opting the subversive for its own stability. The teachings of Jesus, an anti-imperialist prophet, included. Within a few centuries, Christ's communities of holy fools and prophets ossified into a vehicle of imperial power, playing a vital role in historical and contemporary colonialism. Today, Christian institutions are globally advocating for right-wing … Continue reading The emerging vision of Friendly Fire