Flotsam and jetsam (8/23)

via 22 Words

But in pondering this all-pervasive “hermeneutic of suspicion” I wonder if there do not have to be some limits to its application and conclusions. Is “everyone” really lying or just acting out of a less than pure agenda? Is it always wrong to have an agenda? Is self interest always a bad thing? Is it always wrong for groups to seek to influence the national discussion even if that influence serves their interest and worldview?

The mainstream media needs blogs in order to get traffic to their own websites. The real reason the reporter called on me was not primarily because of my book or my education or my pastoral experience, but because of my blog platform.

  • Robert Ratcliff, Why Theology Isn’t a Dirty Word

Theology is nothing less than looking at life through the lens of Christian faith. Any time you reach out in sympathy to someone who is hurting, recoil at the news of a senseless tragedy, or reflect on the joy of being alive, you are doing theology. Any time you wonder about what something means, why something happened, or why someone is the way they are, you are being a theologian.

  • The Guardian, Putting Our Faith in Fragments – an interesting reflection on relics, past and present, along with an oddly dismissive perspective on bodily resurrection.

That element of the creed now seems so weirdly improbable that hardly any Christian mentions it. But the bodily resurrection spoke to the imagination because it affirmed a belief in human vitality and endurance, even in the face of loss and danger. It was no mere metaphor but a way of living, and in 2011 those relics of 9/11 communicate the same message.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on August 23, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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