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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Excerpt from Thomas J.J. Altizer’s Godhead and the Nothing

While Spinoza’s thinking dissolves all possible chaos and nothingness more purely than does any other thinking, it nevertheless calls forth a pure passivity which is its very opposite. The ancient prophets could know this passivity as apostasy, a rebellion against Yahweh, but a rebellion against Yahweh which at bottom is a submission to the world, … Continue reading Excerpt from Thomas J.J. Altizer’s Godhead and the Nothing

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)

Church Abolition, Black Liberation and the End of the World

Written by Argentina, a retreat organizer and member of Christians for Socialism Church abolition has a conflicting meaning for me. I think of what churches have meant for communes before it was an institution that sided with imperialism, racism and other demonic forces that have plagued the earth. Initially, churches were intentional communities where people … Continue reading Church Abolition, Black Liberation and the End of the World

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

The Lamb’s War and dietary non-violence

‘The Lamb was always on the offensive’ wrote John Punshon. Refusing to consume meat and dairy is one of the weapons of the Lamb’s War. Through it we absolutely reject this organised and systematic evil. Every slain creature bears the imprint of the Eternal Lamb. What meaning does the Peace Testimony have if those who … Continue reading The Lamb’s War and dietary non-violence