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

A Quaker[ish] Insurrection: Follow the Spirit & Betray the Church

Early Quakers were radicalized by the Spirit's confrontation. They may have stumbled into a meeting for worship and experienced the tangible presence of God stirring up holy chaos, causing trembling, shouting, prophecy, and healing. In the thrill of communal silence, they would encounter the living God shining upon their heart - exposing their sin and imbuing … Continue reading A Quaker[ish] Insurrection: Follow the Spirit & Betray the Church

Tear Down the Mighty, Tear Down the Church

The Friendly Fire Collective has a diversity of perspectives on the institutional church. There are non-Christians among us who don't find much need to talk about "the church," but there are also a number of us who are to some degree church abolitionist, as well as others who hold a more theologically orthodox understanding of … Continue reading Tear Down the Mighty, Tear Down the Church

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

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