Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Musings – January 20

Far too many churches operate like casinos or other business enterprises that suck the blood out of the naively faithful, while promising in return that God’s will for them is a life of health and wealth. There’s no better example than this of ‘fake news.’


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - January 19

A few rough reflections on the biblical text’s prohibition of making images. First, I think this ban is in the text because God already has an image represented by humanity on the earth. We are the corporeal images of the incorporeal God. Humans image God. Second, there is a risk in image making that we will defy both God and humanity by the worship of images. Yet it seems to me that the problem is not with image making per se. Why? Creativity and imagination are part of being human and imaging God and therefore making images can’t be necessarily wrong. As I see it, this thorny issue concerns the who, the what, and the why of image making. That is, an image can be fitting and appropriate if it’s not out to place a who above God, to install a what in exchange for God, or to set up a why that rejects God. The making of images can be an fascinating augmentation of reality, and thus as long as the image is not misplaced in its value or virtue, there should be, potentially at least, no problem with the validity of images.    


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - January 18

Trust alone is often assumed to be a virtue, but without suspicion it could indeed be a detriment. Thus, when you’re considering virtues, don’t leave out suspicion.  


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Living Hermeneutics - January 17

There have been many books written on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur, but very little is available on his theological trajectory and its fascinating connection to biblical interpretation. My recent book, Living Hermeneutics aims to fill that void. I attempt to bring to life the diverse ways in which Ricoeur’s work can contribute to and open up viable possibilities for critiquing both modernist and postmodernist perspectives, while offering new directions for understanding the text, the reader, and the world. Key chapters on: Fiction, History, Narrative.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Ski de fond. Col de la Croix - Suisse.


Reflection for the Week - January 16

There have been many previously and even more presently that refer to the notion of Divine revelation in a book like the biblical text. In thinking this over, and over, and over for a long time, I’m still not sure what such an appeal means. Is it like – this is a book dropped from heaven? Or, a book written by the pen of God? Scholars and non-scholars alike stake out this type of claim as if – “well, this text is Divine revelation and therefore it settles it all – my position is the correct one and if you don’t agree with me then you don’t believe in Divine revelation.” I’m perplexed by what seems a sort of generic sleight of hand apologetic that supposedly explains everything according to one’s own preferences and everyone else somehow has it wrong. Not only is this arrogant, but the way it’s used by the supposed “religious elite” is a downright scandal. Granted, such an uninformed and damaging perspective can be set aside. Divine revelation is not whatever we’d make it be. For me, however, the lack of clarity about what it is remains. I’d wager that a “booking” of Divine revelation is rather a murky concept and thus is one major area, among others in Christian circles, that needs much more careful work and (re)formulation.