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April 29, 2008

I have not felt like blogging recently.  Here are some highlights in this week’s curriculum vitae:

Friday, April 25:  I went to hear Willard Swartley at the Parish Resource Center.  The topic was “Teaching and Preaching on War and Peace.”  He was very good.  Dr. Bob Webber provided a response.  Some good exchange.  I need to pick up Swartley’s recent book The Covenant of Peace.  Interesting to learn that peace (a term that occurs over 100 times in the New Testament) is surprisingly absent from textbooks on New Testament theology and ethics. 

Friday evening, April 25:  Watched Bill Moyer’s Journal.  A fascinating interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  As I listened to Rev. Wright respond to the questions, I heard someone who was uncompromised in the commitment to speak prophetically–truth to Power.  I did not see and hear a fanatic.  Rather, I heard a voice that seemed to be in tune with the Gospel of the Kingdom.  I did hear someone who is willing to talk about how the Gospel challenges and subverts the narratives of Empire.  The narratives of conquest, oppression and righteous “peace-keeping” that are legitimated by those in power. 

I heard a pastor–a messenger of the Gospel of the Kingdom.  I heard a voice challenging the way our hermeneutics are sometimes compromised by our power interests.  “Those who prayed to God from the deck of slaveships were praying to a different God than those in chains down below.”  An insightful observation uncovering the inescapable reality of the politics of the Kingdom of God.    

Wednesday, April 30:  I am looking forward to hearing a lecture by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhamad Yunus.  Dr. Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize 2006 for pioneering the use of micro-credit to benefit poor etrepreneurs.  He will be speaking at F & M. 

May 1-2:  Looking forward to heading up to NYC for the Deep Shift event in the Bronx. 

Sunday:  Broad Street Run

Postmodernism thus is not relativism or scepticism, as its uncomprehending critics almost daily charge, but minutely close attention to detail, a sense of the complexity and multiplicity of things, for close readings, for detailed histories, for sensitivity to differences. The postmodernists think the devil is in the details, but they also have reason to hope that none of this will antagonize God. For are not the modernists rather like the Shemites, furiously at work on the tower of Babel, on the “system,” as Kierkegaard would say with biting irony, and are not the postmodernists following the lead of God, who in deconstructing the tower clearly favors a multiplicity of languages, frameworks, paradigms, perspective, angles? From a religious point of view, does not postmodernism argue that God’s point of view is reserved for God, while the human standpoint is immersed in the multiplicity of angles?

–Caputo, Philosophy and Theology

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2008 12:49 pm

    Thanks for your insights. You always seem to have a thoughtfulness about the way you write. I am still working on that. Thanks for your words.

  2. just an apprentice permalink
    May 6, 2008 3:28 pm

    Joe,
    Thanks for the encouragement. Blogging has been an experiment that has helped me find a voice as I engage Scripture, Church, and Culture. Sometimes the words fall together coherently. For me it has been a way of contemplation, voicecasting, formation, witness, and yes, community.

    Thanks for being a conversation partner on this journey.

  3. May 7, 2008 9:33 pm

    Bill Moyer’s has a great essay on Reverend Wright and the role of race in society.

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