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Though much of theology throughout history and especially in modern day has not stopped from actively informing political discourse, The Politics of Theology seeks to thread the needle between the spiritual journey throughout sets us on and how it must always be an essential part of any political revolution. Political Scientists have always needed Theologians in calls for justice, liberation, and peace in the face of brutal violence. My return to spirituality has brought about some of my deepest passions in activism, and I hope that this blog will articulate that profound influence of the divine.
Juliany González Nieves
De Vuelta a lo Básico is a Spanglish blog about theology and culture, written by an evangélica, Latina, Caribeña, Puerto Rican woman living between an empire and a colony. I explore Christian doctrine at the intersection of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. This is a blog for those who do theology with an accent. Mine is quite thick.
This blog will mostly be discussing the intersections of race, politics, and theology. I think it's important to decolonize our Christianity in order to live out the full message of Christ and I hope to convey that sense of tension that comes with Christianity in my writing. Thanks for being here, and thanks for listening.
Communication is inextricably linked with what it means to be human--we have no choice but to communicate. I am therefore interested in exploring, particularly within Christian circles, how we talk about different theological and philosophical concepts and how we perceive God to communicate with us. I hope to bring insight to these realms not only through personal experience, but also with the help of the various authors in the Bible, philosophical texts, and literature. Hopefully, together we will carefully assess how we can better our thinking and speaking about and to a God who is worthy of our praise.
@rmasvg is a resource for those interested in the intersections of Christian theology, continental philosophy of religion, and Marxist political critique. It is my belief that all three, to varying degrees, are useful for our current historical moment. As such, I hope to offer my voice to the discussion, in the pursuit of justice for all.
Joshua A. Méndez
Poetics of Liberation is in part inspired by the theoretical work of Martinican philosopher Edouard Glissant and in another part by the politico-religious productions of theologians, writers, and artists from the Global South and its numerous diasporic populations in the United States. Glissant understands poetics as a political and aesthetic function of the imagination which, taking flight from the ruins inhabited by colonial subjects, offers the potential for constructing new affective and emancipatory realities. Following the archipelagic route that Glissant proposes, my writing here hopes to offer a decolonial, interfaith approach to theology itself as a poetics of liberation directly tied to the religious practices and the intellectual and cultural productions of peripheralized subjects. In order to explore all the possibilities which this reading of religion and theology might foster, Poetics of Liberation will primarily attempt to engage those voices and texts that have been obscured by the dominant theological discourses of our time.
As an MA student in theology, I am interested in how our knowledge of God affects our lives as followers of Jesus. In particular, I'm interested in learning more about my Mennonite tradition, as well as the work of Karl Barth. If I'm not studying theology, you can likely find me playing sports or camping in the wilderness. I hope we can learn together on my brand new blog, Pax Christi!
Cognitive Dissonance is something that we all experience day-to-day whenever we contradict ourselves with our words, beliefs, or actions. This feeling is often frustrating and challenging, but can also push us to personal growth and development. My hope is that this blog would do that for you. It is my belief that Psychology and Theology are more closely related than we often acknowledge, and to truly understand God we must also aim to understand people. In this way, I hope to provide a deeper understanding of the human experience in both personal and expositive ways by giving light to overlooked issues in church culture.
Pain and Silence is my attempt to explain some of my past and current experiences in a way that highlights the deeply personal nature of theology. My prayer is that it reaches those who, like me, have gone through a crisis of faith and offers them new and helpful ways to understand and worship the Trinitarian God. Most of all, I hope it reveals a God who is not silently watching from a distant throne, but is so intimately with us that he makes our words his own.
Hauntotheology is a space where I will engage the specters of theology and the specters of critical theory. Since the line between philosophy and theology is always already blurred, I am interested in a “close reading” (Jacques Derrida) of “texts” (and the specters of those who have read them) as they intersect modern and postmodern theorists. It is at this intersection of text, politics, and philosophy where one often discovers a critically important understanding of their own context(s). It is my hope that this space offers you a deeper perspective into “familiar” texts and concepts.
David Michael Felsch
My hope for Lutrosis is that it will rightly expound its namesake: Redemption. I call myself a Lutheran Pseudo-Barthian, and much of my theology is centered on the biblical witness to Jesus as the embodiment of God in human form who came to bring forgiveness and reconciliation to people, communities, and social systems. In this blog I hope to dig into what that means today, oftentimes with reference to Rock & Roll, literature (normally of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy stamp), and culture at large.
Cuciform Musings will attempt to explore various aspects of theology, from academic analyses of different doctrinal loci within theology (e.g. Christology, eschatology, etc.) and discussions of certain theologians within church history, to wrestling with the political implications of our common confession: "Jesus Christ is Lord." I will also include various blogs concerning biblical texts and how we can appropriately allow them to fuel our faithfulness/discipleship in our present sociopolitical context. Also, from time to time, I will share some poetry, especially when the poetry is theologically-oriented (which tends to be the case). I look forward to dialoguing with you! Grace and Peace.
In Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton writes that "If there is no risk in revelation, if there is no fear in it, if there is no challenge in it, if it is not a word which creates a whole new world, and new beginnings, if it does not call into existence a new creature, our new self, then religion is dead and God is dead." In Search of Wonder is an attempt to imaginatively contemplate that whole new world: asking difficult questions of the Scriptures so as to wrestle with God in the textual gaps.
Apocalypse and Analysis is an attempt to make the apocalypse (revelation) of God in Jesus present to our world by analyzing how it meets human beings today. This is done with help from a few friends: early Anabaptists, postcolonial readers of the Bible, and 20th century theologians who grappled with what it means to think and live as followers of Jesus in the modern world. Reader beware: the task of analyzing God's revelation to us in Jesus is never finished, and it has been known to significantly shorten one's lifespan.
This blog seeks to introduce fresh readings of scripture into the theological conversation. It is a perspective with a very particular angle. Its line of sight is skewed such that creativity is possible in the project of constructive theologizing. This perspective is a political one as much as it is theological. For public theology is necessarily political.
Theologies of Existence will attempt to engage various theological and philosophical issues that have to do with the essential question, "What does it mean to be human?" usually from a Christian standpoint. Therefore, we will be tackling issues that are both ancient and contemporary, ranging from our interaction with nature and animals to what does it mean to inhabit our bodies?
Matthew William Brake
The goal of this blog is to teach Theology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy of Religion by engaging with different pop culture “artifacts” (TV shows, movies, music, etc.). People from all backgrounds and traditions are welcome: conservative and progressive, believing and skeptical, theoretician and practitioner. The emphasis of this site is on theological ideas and themes from particular thinkers, not simply any particular sacred text itself. While grounded in a sacred text, we are looking for theological thought that has been fleshed out through the theological process, one that often combines elements of sacred text, tradition, reason, and experience.