Rollins, Zizek, Durruti, Tillich: Religion Deconstructed, Wisdom Demolished By Love

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce."  I had occasion to be reminded of that recently.  It comes from Marx and Engels, and Slavoj Zizek uses it as the title of a recent treatise. In his affirmation of pyro-theology, Peter Rollins takes up Buenaventura Durruti's claim that "the only church that illuminates is … Continue reading Rollins, Zizek, Durruti, Tillich: Religion Deconstructed, Wisdom Demolished By Love

Keith Olbermann Just Took Me To Church or The Phantom Trillion

In the 90's, Keith Olbermann was part of a flawless thing called SportsCenter. Even though the political commentary and overall style he's developed since then isn't everyone's cup of tea, this Special Comment from the July 11th edition of Countdown is essential viewing for anyone who cares about the justice issues tied to humanity's basic failures … Continue reading Keith Olbermann Just Took Me To Church or The Phantom Trillion

Recovering Pietists In Good Company: One of Many Lessons from the U2 Concert

Thanks to my sister and F. Bil (future brother in-law), my wife and I got to go to the U2 concert in Philly on July 14.  I have many thoughts, pictures, and reflections to share, and this post will be the first. The show was great and, in a good way, exhausting.  There was so … Continue reading Recovering Pietists In Good Company: One of Many Lessons from the U2 Concert