Theology

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Currently reading this by Booker winner Julian Barnes, a collection of disperate tales that opens with the myth of Noah retold by a woodworm. Yup 🙂 It’s profound, and funny, and if you need a read for Christmas I’d recommend it highly. –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Can We Talk About Radical Theology and Alcohol?

In the past few posts about the bigger political, technological and cultural shifts that might be going on behind the ‘fake news’ scandal, I’ve proposed how Radical Theology might have in helping people to critique political and religious illusions. However, I’ve also mooted that Radical Theology could itself become a means by which the hard

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Creating Freedom, by Raoul Martinez

This looks like a very worthwhile read. Comes highly recommended, and if you’re interested in understanding and acting in these strange times, sounds like one for the Christmas list. From the review in The Guardian:  Creating Freedom is, in part, a mashup of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia, Thomas

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Post Truth | Hypernormalisation and the Radical Response

In a post last week on the ‘Fake News’ scandal and the way that our information sources have become distorted, narrowed and – some now claim – deliberately confused by digital algorithms, I concluded by saying: In the chaos of this truthless mental and political environment, we more naturally turn to brands for security, to

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In Our Time | The Best Free Education on the Planet | Welcoming Caitlin Moran

Have said it too many times I know, but the BBC Radio 4 show In Our Time is, I’m convinced, the single best free education available on the planet. Expert discussions on art, philosophy, history, mathematics, science and religion…  Hence no surprise to read Caitlin Moran’s confession of her IoT addiction in The Times this

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Radical Politics: Position and Momentum

Earlier today, Cameron Freeman – who runs a Facebook group on Radical Theology responded to something I’d posted about Nigel Farage’s resignation with the following: Kester, I’d really like to hear sometime how do you mesh your (very) radical theology with you’re support for the centralized undemocratic control of an external top-down power like the

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Keep On Nailing It: The Constant Work of Putting Gods to Death

With just a few weeks to go until Getting High is out – see post below – I thought I’d post a short excerpt from the closing chapter. For some context: what I’ve done in the preceding pages is to explore how our various attempts at flight are connected with religious moves to attain access

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Good Friday | Book Review: ‘God is Unconscious’

I’ll cut to the chase: if you are at all interested in what theology is — and who we are as people interested in it — then you should read Tad Delay’s God is Unconscious. Go buy it here (UK) or here (US). It’s perhaps the ideal Good Friday read because it gets further to the heart

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No More ‘God In the Midst of Suffering’

Perhaps it’s why he smokes. Giles Fraser is a good man. I’ve a lot of respect for him. But in the wake of the comments that Stephen Fry made about God being an ‘evil maniac,’ he’s written a piece that I simply cannot agree with. His argument that Fry has set up the wrong kind

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