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Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

Reconciling Faith and (Social) Science
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Maybe we haven't all heard the thunder clap yet, but the lightning bolt struck a while ago. We are going to have to adjust our reading of the Bible to coincide with a modern scientific understanding of th ...

Biblical Add-Ons, Edits & Agendas: A Challenge to Literalism?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2012 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

Can those who don’t interpret scripture literally use the Bible as a bludgeon against others? Of course. But the inherent lack of room for discussion, critical thought, nuance or even alternate views within th ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

What Karl Barth Says about Blog Comments
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The comment code of conduct for the God's Politics blog includes familiar commitments to civility, courtesy, and respect, and even connects these pledges to biblical passages. ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

Was Jesus a Passive Doormat?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/palm-sunday/" target="_blank">Palm Sunday</a> marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians -- a week of remembering Jesus' s ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

What Should We Remember About Dr. King?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. Over the years, I have read thousands upon thousands of pages on the life of Dr. King, and as an e ...

Are Mennonites Taking Over the World?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Not likely.</p> Not likely. But Mark Tooley wonders in The American Spectator magazine whether Mennonites are taking over a big enough part of Christianity to be d ...

Is Women's Leadership in the Church a Primary Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

If you are concerned about the question of gender and Christian faith you have probably heard someone say, "Yes, the woman's question is important, but it is not a 'primary issue.'" Wh ...

Post-Colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong><a href="http://www.emergentvillage.com/events/2010-theo-conv">Emergent Village</a> will be hosting its annual Theological Conv ...

Loving in Spirit and in Truth: In Support of the Cordoba House (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous and intelligent woman. Born in Somalia, she immigrated to the Netherlands in 1992. She served in the Dutch parliament from 2003- 2006. Ayaan Hi ...

We Need a Clean Energy Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We need a clean energy conversion.</p> We need a clean energy conversion. If civil rights was the key issue of the previous generation, I think clean energy is one o ...

What Does Justice Look Like in Cambodia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For the first time, a senior Khmer Rouge commander has been found guilty of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/06/does-grace-abound-to-the-chief-of-torturers/">crimes against humanity in Cam ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/04/white-flag-warriors-at-the-border/"></a>About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fe ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

My Changing Understanding of Creation (and Five More Ways to Keep it Simple and Go Green)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. Over the years my understanding of the creation account has changed. I would picture Barbie and Ken doubling ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

Mennonite College Follows First Playing of National Anthem with St. Francis' Peace Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From the beginning, <a href="../2010/03/01/mennonite-college-will-now-play-national-anthem-before-sporting-events/">I opposed Goshen's landmark decision </a>to play the national anth ...

Faith Beyond Belief: Dogma Without Deeds is Dead
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In a recent interview with <em>Commonweal </em>magazine, renowned Catholic theologian David Tracy argued that theological discourse, with its accompanying jargon and disputes about certain doctrina ...

The Nazareth Declaration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">'The Manhattan Declaration.'</a> I ...

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a memo Jim Wallis has provided to leaders throughout the nation concerning the ongoing issue of abortion within the health care reform debate and the need to find common ground ...

Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/09/loving_thy_neighbor.html">contributed</a> much to the ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

Judgment Day: Does Matthew 25 Apply to the Health-Care Debate?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I heard a Christian leader say that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is not a reason for Christians to support universal health care guaranteed by their government. ...

Video: Health-Care Hermeneutics with Jon Stewart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I need to find something to do until Sept. 13 or thereabouts. The Daily Show is on a three-week vacation until then. (Anyone have a good home remedy for the Stewart Shakes?) I kid.</p> ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again.</p> Here we go again. The hyper-media -- the 24/7 cable television added to the blogosphere added to the mainstream media, with time to fill during the ...

Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Always Literally
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout history, individuals and institutions have cited the Bible to support injustices, such as "holy war" against infidels, the subjection of women, racism and slavery, and the abuse of homos ...

Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the Senate's ritual hoops to become the next member of the Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has begun jumping through the ...

Democracy is the Real Victim in Honduras' Coup
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/#580088483_H6nJA-A-LB"></a>On the morning of June 28, Honduran President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya was awoke ...

The Day I got 'Left Behind'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. The year was 1988. I was 11 years old and my younger brother Paul was 7 years old. Our family wa ...

Christian Soldiers in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. William Faulkner once said: "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past." We often think about time ...

The Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

Dogma and Disagreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians. ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

New York Post Monkey Cartoon: Beyond the Pale
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What?! Really... the editors of the <em>New York Post</em> thought this would work?</p> What?! Really... the editors of the New York Post thought this woul ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...