October 19, 2017

Theology Week at IM: Some problems with “theology” itself

Theology Week at IM Part 1: Some problems with “theology” itself I would like to spend some time following up on yesterday’s “Sundays with Michael Spencer” post on theology. Michael’s original post which I excerpted was called “I Hate Theology,” and he specified what he meant when making that striking remark: “I hate what I see theology […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: September 13, 2015 (+Wilco!)

Whenever you are ready, I’d like to tour the dark side of this thing we call theology. I have high hopes that, once we emerge on the other side, we may be better theologians for having confronted some aspects of theology its promoters usually ignore. I hate theology when it’s without humility. Theology and humility. […]

Rob Grayson: The judgement of the cross

Note from CM: This week we will feature posts by several guest writers, starting today with our friend Rob Grayson from across the pond. You may find some of these posts to be a bit controversial, and I chose them because I thought they would prompt lively discussion. I ask you to think before you comment […]

A Lost Imagination for God

We can never sneer at the stars, mock the dawn or scoff at the totality of being. Sublime grandeur evokes unhesitating, unflinching awe. Away from the immense, cloistered in our own concepts, we may scorn and revile everything. But standing between earth and sky, we are silenced by the sight. . . . • Abraham […]

Another Look: Who Is Christ for Us Today?

Note from CM: I am reading Letters & Papers from Prison because I want to explore more of what Bonhoeffer said about the “completely religionless time” he said was coming. Yesterday’s metaphor, which I realize came across with mixed results, was one small attempt on my part to begin working through my own sense that […]

Sacramental from the beginning

…the mysterious character of all created reality lies in its sacramental nature. • Hans Boersma • • • Many of us have grounded our theology concerning the sacramental nature of life in this world in the Incarnation, when God took on flesh and walked among us in Jesus Christ. The Infinite clothed himself in the finite, and gave […]

Relational God, relational creation

For your contemplation today, here is more from Terence Fretheim on the “fundamental relational character” of God and the creation. • • • A basic claim I wish to make about the Old Testament understanding of creation is that it has a fundamental relational character. …Crucial in thinking through biblical texts regarding creation is the […]

Another Look: Our Relational God

In the Western Church, yesterday was Trinity Sunday, the day that bridges the two main divisions of the Church Year. We have been walking through the life of Jesus from Advent to Pentecost since last November. Now, we begin the days of “Ordinary Time,” when we live out the faith daily as Christ’s church, embraced by the Good […]

On Theodicy

The other day, at the end of our discussion of “Jesus as the New Adam,” Mike H. wrote, “I get that the focus here is on vocation, but I have a tough time not looking at theodicy. It’s the elephant in the room. Is that going to be discussed head on?” After posting Ron Rolheiser’s essay this […]

Jesus as the New Adam

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”     […]