(This will very likely be the final posting on this version of the Radical Progress blog, which will be absorbed into new projects as described below. It’s been a great ride!) Dear readers, I am on the verge of a shift in my online blogging and podcasting work. I am very excited about the possibilities […]
“I’m fighting capitalism for my own children, their children, and all future generations. Jesus compels me.” FB status 7/15/16 So, the above FB status drew a somewhat common response from an acquaintance. I’m posting the comments here. ACQUAINTANCE: Religion is the opiate of the masses. I would like a socialist society because I believe there is […]
In the 20th Century, Liberation Theologies emerged within Latin American Catholicism and African-American Churches almost simultaneously. Subsequently, Feminist Theologies also sought to rethink Christianity and religion more broadly. Black Feminism and Womanism emerged in tension with this latter movement, as they sought to redress blindnesses perceived in Feminist Theology as well as secular (white) feminism. […]
Iran’s Revolution: Religion and Revolution in a Post-Secular Register Looking back at the Iranian Revolution from the present, two events stand as critical indicators of the importance of this revolution; first, the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001; and second, the collapse of the Soviet Union and […]
My fellow Quaker, Mark Helpsmeet, creates internet radio programs relating to spirituality and activism. He recently interviewed me about my book idea, “Jesus Made Me a Communist.” Please give it a listen!
Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. Marx’s Contribution to a Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right [These comments originated in a discussion of Hegel on […]
[Reposting from Disloyal Opposition to Modernity originally here.] It has long seemed quite strange to me that so many atheists find Nietzsche’s assertion of the death of God attractive. God doesn’t exist at all for atheists, his “death” can only be at most the death of the theism of some part of humanity. Perhaps a […]
“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ….” Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Ephesus “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are […]
My first videoblog in ages.
At the risk of being Freudian, I suspect my radical ideas stem from early childhood experiences of growing up in a dysfunctional family that relied on religious shaming, arbitrary punishment, and abuse both physical and emotional to keep us kids in line. It’s a mystery to me that my younger brother has chosen […]
I tend to encounter two general views of religion in my life. Most people consider religion an important – if not ultimately important – part of their lives and/or the world. In fact, one philosopher has suggested that we should define religion as the quest for ultimacy or ultimate values. This first group contains many […]
http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=6662 In response to Dario Cankovic’s Socialism and Religion, Redux: “Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and also the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions.” — Karl Marx, […]
A recording of a presentation and Q&A I did on the topic of Jesus and Communism.
The first part of an interview on religion and left politics with C. Derick Varn of the SkePoet blog.
The ruling classes throughout human history have dominated their populations by multiple means. They have monopolized and controlled political power, armies & security forces, economic relations, sex/gender roles, religious institutions, racial privilege, and ecological conditions & resources. As modern technology enables global travel and communications on an unprecedented scale, these originally local and provincial means […]
I’ve been involved with the Quaker community for 14 years. Before that, I was a Pentecostal, but on the very tiny “left-wing” of that tradition. I know first-hand the wonderful things that a religion can accomplish, and also, as a survivor of child abuse at the hands of my Pentecostal preacher father, the horror of […]
“…faith happens best in communities, in groups of flawed but striving people who resist the lure of a narcissistic DIY spirituality in favor of something richer…” Jana Riess, “The Inadequacies of “Spiritual Not Religious.” Flunking Sainthood blog at Beliefnet. _________________________________________________________________ Religion’s contemporary forms are a mere shadow of the former glory of “The One True […]
I. Love, Philosophy, & Revolution I confess that I have been madly in love with philosophy since I was 18 years old. Reading my first book on religious philosophy and learning of the powerful ideas of Aquinas, Hegel, and Kierkegaard set me on a path seeking universal truths and the meaning of life. These days […]
The gospel of Jesus was one of the earliest influences on my life. Raised Pentecostal, the teachings of Jesus and the stories of the early Christians came together with my childhood experiences to shape a radically countercultural theology. Jesus wasn’t just a savior promising us heaven above, but a revolutionary forming a nonviolent organized counterforce […]