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... 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... Read More

What is the Work of Faith?

The following is a guest post by Andrew Irvine (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Maryville College). He is the editor of Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion (Springer 2009), The present essay comes from a talk that he gave at Maryville College on September 10, 2013. He can be reached at andrew.irvine@maryvillecollege.edu   Matthew 6: 20-33 “Faith works”... Read More

Extended Review and some Possibilities for James K. A. Smith. Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works.

Introduction Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. –P.J. O’Rourke As I read and re-read Jamie Smith, P.J. O’Rourke’s quote seems rather apposite to my experience of that reading.  I consider that being found dead with one of Smith’s books open in my hands would be a great way to slip away from this life. The influence of Jamie... Read More

“Inverting” the Apocalypse – Žižek, Gunjević, and Other Ways of Living Through the End Times

  Lately I’ve been reading  God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse  (Seven Stories Press, 2012),  not so much a  dialogue but an series of interlinear  monologues between  Continental philosophy’s enfant terrible Slavoy  Žižek and Croatian radical orthodox theologian Boris Gunjević . The title is slightly misleading, if only because without knowing what... Read More

A sociality in search of an ecclesiology?: Jason Clark reviews Tony Jones’s ‘The Earth is Flat’.

A sociality in search of an ecclesiology? In this review I firstly provide a summary of Tony’s book and methodology, and then offer a response and some questions for Tony.  If you are familiar with Tony’s book you might want to jump straight to the response.  I understand Tony is going to engage here with me, and others reviewing his book and I’m grateful for the opportunity... Read More

The Liturgical Turn: Toward a Theology of Birth / An Advent Meditation

Joseph.  I’ve always found him extremely fascinating.  I guess that’s partly due to the fact that we’re told so little about him.  We know he was incredibly obedient to God.  He was present for Mary’s pregnancy, Jesus’ birth and childhood, but once Jesus grows up, he’s strangely absent.  The traditional reason is that he simply passed away. ... Read More

Towards a New Missional Mapping?

Jason Clark will be presenting this recent digest of missional theology later in November at 'Seek the Welfare of the City'. We thought that it would be helpful for you all to engage it here.  Is there any pointing mapping the missional church? Is there a future for Evangelicalism? Let us know. Towards a New Missional Mapping?  Read More

Specters of Rage in an Age of Change – Sloterdijk and the “End” of the Postmodern

Multiple Specters Perhaps we can adapt just one more time Marx's well-known and overadapted opening to The Communist Manifesto that a "specter is stalking" us. It was this same "specter" that Derrida back in the mid-1980s adapted in Specters of Marx to rejuvenate what by then was his already aging project of deconstruction to produce first the "political",... Read More

Do we really get Romans? A little Badiou and Žižek can help.

It's been said that reformations and revolutions in Christianity begin with a re-reading of Romans. That is certainly true of the Protestant Reformation with Luther's epoch-shaking insight into the meaning of the phrase "the righteousness of God."    It is true as well of Barth's commentary The Epistle to the Romans, which in the words of a Catholic... Read More