There is No Such Thing as “Church”…Just Us In Faithful Relation To Each Other

As some kind of Christian most, if not all, of my life  I have always taken for granted – even if at times “taking” it also meant wanting to “leave” it – something called the church.

The very title of this blog, i.e., “the church and postmodern culture”, assumes there is actually something “there” (a true Aristotelian todi ti) when we speak of the church.

The crux of all theological venturing and scriptural exegeting, therefore, rests on the strategic position, or apposition, of the thing-like something known as “church” in regard to something else – e.g., the church and the political order, the church in the world, the church against social injustice, etc., etc.

FriezeBut what if there were no such thing as the church, and there never was supposed to be one?  Such a thought is mind-numbing and if you work for the global church production, design, propagation, and marketing industry, including its vast nexus of support bodies “vendors,” and “suppliers”, you are probably ready to pull the red alarm lever and switch to full fight-or-flight mode.

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Videos from “What is Christian Philosophy?” SCP/SCPT Conference

This March, the 2014 Midwest meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers met together with the Society of Continental Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College in Palos Heights, IL. The theme of the joint conference was “What is Christian Philosophy?” and was chosen in honor of the 30th anniversary of the publication of Alvin Plantinga’s “Advice to Christian Philosophers.” The conference was a great success and... Read More

When the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

It has reached the status of a colloquialism to claim that sometimes “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Most Westerners today occasionally say or hear this phrase without giving it a second thought. But in fields such as metaphysics and the philosophy of science, the main idea that this phrase is suggesting is understood as tapping into a far deeper and more complex reality. My aim in this post is simply to suggest to the... Read More

On Conversation without Conversion: Reflections on Church Practice and Participation

Though I think a lot about church practice, I don’t write much on it. My writing, for better or worse, tends to be very intentionally philosophical and offered in the aim of inviting a broader readership into the technical debates of philosophy of religion. The one main exception to this general trajectory, though, is a piece I posted here at Church and Postmodernism a few years ago on what I termed the “hermeneutics of silence” that operate... Read More

The New Hegelian Moment – Why Postmodernism Needs to Retrace its Own Radically Real, Rational, and (Of Course) Rhizomic Roots

Hegel is to philosophy what  the economist Joseph Schumpeter was to the concept of capitalism.  He embodies the historical inexorability of what the latter termed “creative destruction.” Very few philosophers, let alone theologians, who still after all these years of abuse continue to sport the name tag “pomo”, understand that if it were not for Hegel, they would never have had a calling.  Increasingly historical research... Read More