The following is a guest post by Matthew John Paul Tan.
The Body. The Universal. The Passion.
Palm Sunday begins the week of commemoration of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The week in the leadup to Easter will be particularly intense for the churchgoer. If one is not stepping up of his fasting or almsgiving, one will almost certainly be attending a church service on a day other than Sunday, most probably Good Friday. Easter Sunday would come along and after wishing everyone “Christ is Risen indeed! Alleluia!”, these churchgoers will exit the church, and many will go on with their normal lives as if Lent was merely a brief disruption to their normal schedules.
This post-lent relapse will happen to the most fervent of Christians, but the question is why. The answer may be twofold. First, there is a tendency to think of the Passion as historical, once-for-all-time salvific event won by Christ. Secondly, and largely as a result of the first, there is also the tendency to think of salvation as a primarily spiritual event that has little to do with the exigencies of embodied life, the only exception being the embodiment of the Incarnate Word, and the breaking of that body on the Cross so that souls might be saved. In the words of Caiaphas, the Passion and the salvation... Read More
Until the shocks to the world system in the past decade following the turn of the millennium – e.g., the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, the global financial collapse of 2008 – the “postmodern era” was supposed to be a kind of immense carnival of peoples reveling in a new global prosperity, the giddy prospects of emerging democracy, and a spirit of cultural inclusion never experienced before. Now, in this strange... Read More
This recently posted call for papers may be of interest to some of our readers. Consider submitting a proposal or simply putting it on your calendar to be in attendance. You can find details regarding proposal submissions at the bottom of the page. To find out more about Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning, which hosts the event, go here. ———– Over the past century, cinema has become the defining medium of Western... Read More
It’s been a long time since there has been any activity here on ChurchandPomo. Many apologies for that, but no excuses. I do hope to have a few things lined up for the future. At any rate, I’m excited to mention that there is a new book in the Church and Postmodern Culture Series that has just been released! Following up on his opening title in the series, James K. A. Smith has recently penned a new and provocative volume entitled, Who’s... Read More
The following is a guest post by Kyle David Bennett. Kyle is a recent PhD graduate from Fuller Seminary in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. Before moving to NYC last year he taught philosophy at Azusa Pacific University and theology and ethics at Providence Christian College. He now teaches religion at The King’s College. He lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife, Andrea, and their five-year old daughter, Elliott. —————- Incarnation... Read More