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
"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
"After all, the other way of disqualifying the pastor’s role is to claim that the times are fulfilled or in the process of being fulfilled, and that God will return or is returning to gather his flock. He will be the true shepherd. Consequently, since he is the true shepherd coming to gather his flock, … Continue reading Foucault on Apocalypticism as Dissidence
I hate sweeping. It gets me all existential. You sweep most of the dust into a pile, but there’s dust on your feet too, so every way you move when you’re sweeping up into the dust pan, you’re still carrying more dirt. You can never get that final line of dust completely up. And then, … Continue reading Faith and Existential Dread
It is right to call the Church fallen, old wineskins, apostate even, not hearing the Spirit, not doing Christ's work, not even knowing God herself, corrupt from the inside and out, molded by the god of this world, built to serve power, deserving of God's fiercest judgment - and it is right to act like … Continue reading What Is to Be Done?
I believe in the church. I believe in shaking, screaming, laughing, as God so pleases, and as we so please as well. I believe in kids dancing with streamers in aisles. I believe in swaying with one hand on the chest, and the other reaching out for God’s paws. I believe in spontaneous hallelujahs and … Continue reading I believe in Church (?) (!)
I love the Holy Spirit. She tickles me, and kisses me on the cheek, holds my head, squeezes it even, warms my heart, pushes waves of love from my chest to my toes, pours the new wine into my big ole mouth. Sometimes she makes my mouth feel like it’s full of cotton candy. She’s … Continue reading I love the Holy Spirit