Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write from the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Relevant Magazine - 4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex

4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex

June 10, 2014

By Lily Dunn
Lily Dunn loves dessert before dinner, stories that make her laugh, and living authentically. She lives and teaches with her husband in Daegu, South Korea and blogs at lilyellyn.wordpress.com.

Girls don't care about sex and three other lies I've had to unlearn.

I’ve heard people say that growing up as an evangelical meant they never talked about sex. This wasn’t my experience. I grew up in the thick of evangelical purity culture and we talked about sex A LOT. We just spent all of that time talking about how and why NOT to have it.
As someone who waited until I was married to have sex, I was assured that I would be guaranteed an easy and rewarding sex life. When reality turned out to be different, I was disappointed and disillusioned. Only through gradual conversations with other married friends did I realize I wasn’t alone.
I started to wonder if maybe the expectations themselves were wrong. Maybe what I’d been told or inferred about post-marital sex simply wasn’t true.
Here are four of the biggest lies about sex I believed before marriage:
1. Any and all physical contact is like a gateway drug to sex.
Once in high school I attended a big Christian youth conference. One night, one of the chaperones addressed the girls: “Girls, we have noticed some very inappropriate touching going on...”
The inappropriate touching she meant turned out to be two high school couples in the youth group holding hands. This woman was deadly serious. “I know it may not seem like a big deal to you,” she said. “But hand-holding leads to OTHER THINGS!”
I heard similar things from parents, teachers, church leaders and books. In my church it was not unusual for people to pledge not only to save sex until marriage, but even to save their first kiss for their wedding day. “Don’t start the engine if you aren’t ready to drive the car,” and other similar metaphors warned me that any physical contact was a slippery slope straight into the jaws of fornication.
On this side of things, I can honestly say that there are SO many conscious decisions you have to make between kissing and having sex. Despite what Hollywood says, clothes do not take themselves off and bodies do not magically and effortlessly fit together.
If you are committed to waiting until you’re married to have sex, there are many valid reasons to set boundaries on your physical relationship, but the fear of accidentally having sex shouldn’t be one of them.
2. If you wait until you are married to have sex, God will reward you with mind-blowing sex and a magical wedding night.
Before my wedding night, I had been told that honeymoon sex isn’t usually the best sex. I had heard that good sex takes work. I knew that it would probably be uncomfortable at first. But what nobody ever, EVER told me was that it was possible that it just might not work at all at first. On my wedding night, my mind and heart were there, but my body was locked up tighter than Maid Marian’s chastity belt.
I entered marriage with the firm conviction that God rewards those who wait, only to find myself confounded by the mechanics. I felt like an utter failure, both as a wife and a woman. And while we did (eventually) get things working, this was hard, frustrating, embarrassing and a huge blow to our confidences.
Saving sex for marriage is not a guarantee that you will have great sex or that sex will be easy. All it guarantees is that the person you fumble through it with will be someone who has already committed to love you forever.
3. Girls don’t care about sex.
As a teenager and young adult I cannot count the times I heard something to this effect: “Boys are very visual and sexual, so even though you aren’t thinking about sex, you need to be careful because you are responsible for not making them stumble.”
Let’s disregard for now how degrading this is toward men and focus on the underlying assumption that boys are sexual and girls aren’t. For years I was told that “girls don’t care about sex.” Well, as it turns out, I do. This has been a deep source of shame for me. For a long time I felt like a freak, until I started to realize that I wasn’t the only one, not by a longshot. But I never knew it because no one would admit it.
Many girls (yes, even Christian girls) think about sex. Many girls (yes, even Christian girls) like sex. This doesn’t make you a freak. It doesn’t make you unfeminine or unnatural. God created us, both men AND women, as sexual beings. Enjoying sex makes you a human being created by God, in the image of God, with the capacity and desire to love—physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and sexually.

4. When you get married, you will immediately be able to fully express yourself sexually without guilt or shame. 

Many Christians have spent years—from the day they hit puberty until their wedding day—focusing their energy on keeping their sex drives in check. Then, in the space of a few hours, they are expected to stop feeling like their sexuality is something they must carefully control and instead be able to express it freely. And not only that—but express it freely with another person.
Many of us have programmed guilt into ourselves—this is how we keep ourselves in check throughout our dating relationships. And that “red light” feeling we train ourselves to obey doesn’t always go away just because we’ve spoken some vows and signed some papers.
It took me several months to stop having that sick-to-my-stomach guilty feeling every time I was together with my husband. Not everyone experiences this, but for the many people who do, it’s terribly isolating. Once again we’re experiencing something our churches and communities never acknowledged as a possibility. We feel alone and broken and filled with a profound sense that this isn’t the way it’s meant to be.
I don’t regret waiting until I was married to have sex, and I’m not advocating that churches stop teaching that sex is designed for marriage. But I do think there is something seriously wrong with the way we’ve handled the conversation.
If our reason for saving sex until marriage is because we believe it will make sex better or easier for us, we’re not only setting ourselves up for disappointment, but we’re missing the point entirely. Those of us who choose to wait do so because we hold certain beliefs about the sacredness of marriage and about God's intentions and wishes for humanity, and we honor these regardless of whether they feel easier or harder. In the meantime, we in the evangelical church has a lot of work to do correcting the distorted ways we talk about sex and sexuality, especially to our youth.

GCAS Online Course: Theory After the Death of God (July 7-11, 2014)

CTPE 860-714:


INSTRUCTORS: John D. Caputo and Peter Rollins

COST: $149 premium/$99 audit (to sign up/pay for online courses, click “Register")

DATES: July 7th (Monday) to 11th (Friday)  10-12:30 EST

MEDIUM: Online Interactive Video + Facebook Groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theoryafterdeath/

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will pose the question “What is Radical Theology?” and set about answering it by exploring four alternative (and partially overlapping) answers. All four views have in common (1) that they jettison the classical notion of the transcendence God, and expose God to contingency - and even death, and (2) all four descend from Hegel, not from Kant. The course would thus explore radical theology as variously heterodox Hegelianisms, each of which takes up the death of God in one way or another.

READINGS: Caputo, Insistence of God; Derrida, Acts of Religion; Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion: The Lectures of 1827 Ed.Peter Hodgson (U Cal paperback); Lacan, Seminar VII; Tillich, Systematic Theology; Žižek, Monstrosity of Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: This mini-course is a non-required elective course which counts towards elective credits needed for all diploma-seeking GCAS students. It is also available as a standalone course for faculty members seeking professional development opportunities, as well as the general public or non-credit seeking students, without any additional requirements.

REQUIREMENTS: Students seeking credit must attend all events, lectures, and small-group discussions.  A student is required to write a 5-7 page research paper on the course material and approved by a professor. The student has until August 30th, 2014 to turn in their research papers via email at <creston@globaladvancedstudies.org>.  After the seminar, students are required to participate in a Post-Seminar discussion (details to follow). Students must remain in contact with Professor Davis as they develop, research and write their final papers.


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Peter Rollins Teaches Summer Course
at The Seattle School

June 3, 2014

Peter Rollins, a popular scholar who bridges the disciplines of philosophy and theology, joined us on campus last week to teach a course and speak at The Forum’s most recent town hall event. Both events were open to the public.

Rollins is no stranger to The Seattle School community, and each visit offers provocative ideas and reflections that inspire continued conversation at the intersection of text, soul, and culture.

Nearly 100 people attended last Wednesday’s town hall event, where Rollins spoke on “Figures of Transgression: The Trickster, the Cynic, and the Fool,” cautioning listeners against both ideology and apathy. He instead invited them to wrestle with ideas and assumptions through practices of de-centering and continuous conversations with those whom they consider “other.”

Rollins’ three-day summer course at The Seattle School followed last Wednesday’s town hall event with 25 students and 11 members of the community in attendance. During the course, “Unconscious Gods: Radical Theology, Psychoanalysis, and the Critique of Religion,” participants engaged developments in contemporary critical theory that have shaped Radical Theology’s conceptions of theology and church practice.

“Unconscious Gods” specifically focused on the theories that inform, influence, and shape Rollins’ developing theological project pyrotheology, where he draws from post-Hegelian theory, Radical Theology, and Lacanian psychoanalysis to further develop what Bonhoeffer called a “religionless Christianity.” Students also received a sneak peek into the material for his next book.

Rollins’ hope in both the town hall event and the class was to challenge Christianity to move toward acknowledging and mourning the loss of God as a deus ex machina—a device that inexplicity solves complex dilemmas and overcomes the gaps in our understanding. Rollins believes this concept of God is an idol that Western religion has embraced in order to avoid a more humble, unfamiliar, and undefined faith that engages the unknown mystery of an imminent God.

Before leaving Seattle, Rollins was able to sit down with Dr. Dwight J. Friesen, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, to discuss The Seattle School and the future of theological education. Find out why Rollins chose to teach at The Seattle School in the video below.

Book titles by Peter Rollins - click here

Index - Hermeneutics

Index to Hermeneutics

~ all indexes are list articles in date order from last to first and not topically ~

The reason for the importance of this index is that the sum total of these topics may help form a more mature method of reading the bible for understanding the Christian faith than if only one method was utilized (such as today's more popular literal reading of the bible supported by its grammatical-historical method). The listed articles below, along with any future articles forthcoming, will help sort out additional methodologies and referential biblical contexts that will lend relevancy to Christian faith and theology without which we are left to blind opinion and subjectivism.

R.E. Slater

Hermeneutics - An Introduction

"Is the Bible True" or "Is The Bible a Collection of Myths?"


Remembering an All-But-Forgotten, Extremely Influential Theologian: Christoph Blumhardt


The Gift of Reading the Bible Dynamically


Should Church Creeds and Confessions Change with Advances in Human Knowledge?


What To Do About Bad Theology


Is the Bible like a Compost Pile or a Cookbook?


A Jewish Perspective of the Bible


5 Approaches to Biblical Theology (Barr, Carson, Wright, Childs, Watson)


The Presence of God in an Open Bible


The Bible and Evolution, Inerrancy, and Other Matters


Can God speak through myth?


N.T. Wright, Scripture &amp; the Authority of God - "Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and Misreading Scripture"


The Gospel is neither Exclusive nor Excluding


Accepting the Complexity and Ambiguity Inherent in Scripture, Part 2


Accepting the Complexity and Ambiguity Inherent in Scripture, Part 1


What do we mean by the word Literal?


Blinded to the Real Issues


Jesus, the Fulfillment of God's Revelation to Man


Text &amp; Culture - The Relevancy of God's Word to Contemporary Culture


How Should We Read the Bible?


What is Theology?


Hermeneutics, in pictures

Hermeneutics - Postmodern Hermeneutics





Hermeneutics and the Biblical Canon

Reviews of Konrad Schmid's "A Literary History of the Old Testament" - How the OT was Compiled

The Bible as a "Memory-Narrative" or "Mnemo-Narrative"

Can an Open Bible compete with a Dead One?

Development of the New Testament Canon

The Gnostic Gospels of the New Testament Era

The Biblical Apocrypha

The Jewish Apocrypha

The New Testament Apocrypha

Development of the Old Testament Canon

Development of the Hebrew Bible Canon

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

Hermeneutics and Apocalyptic Literature

Translating the Apocalyptic Literature of Revelation: The Defeat of the Pagan Empire of Babylon

Translating the Apocalyptic Literature of Revelation: The Woman and the Dragon and the People of God

Hermeneutics and Incarnation


Evangelical Hermeneutics vs. Pauline Hermeneutics


Which Do You Chose - Justice, Justification or Jesus?


Biblical Interpretation - History v. Theology


Which Hermeneutic Do We Choose? Christological or Trinitarian?


Biblical Authority &amp; Incarnation vs. Analytic Theology


Kevin Corcoran's Critique of Derrida and Caputo

Hermeneutics and Interpretation (unfinished)

35 articles unlisted as yet

Hermeneutics and Revelation

Hermeneutics as Biblical Theology

Peter Enns - The Bible as a "Human Book"




Hermeneutics as Meta-Narrative

Brian Zahnd - My Problem with the Bible


Peter Enns, "Scripture as a Polyphonic Text has not One, but Many Voices"


The Why of Narrative Theology, Its Necessity, and Usefulness


Oh the Games We Play with God and Church: A Study of Game Theory and Favorable Outcomes


What We Mean and Don't Mean When We Talk About God's Sovereignty


The Narrative Story of God, Creation and Mankind from an Evolutionary Perspective of Love Wins


An Unnecessary Division between Narrative and Literary Theology


What Is Narrative Theology? It is the "Grander Story of God and Creation"


Pete Enns - The Evolution of Adam, Parts 1, 2, 3


The God of Creation - Why Would God Use 4.6 to 6.2 Billion Years to Create the Earth?


What is Theology?


Recovering Theological Perspective Through Narrative


“Missio Dei” in historical perspectives, part 1


“Missio Dei” in historical perspectives, part 2


“Missio Dei” in historical perspectives, part 3


The Bible as Meta-Narrative


The Use of Meta-Narrative in Hermeneutics


What are the Pros and Cons of Webb's Redemptive-Movement Hermenutic?

9/4/2020 (11/7/13)

Peter Enns - Historical Criticism and Evangelicalism: An Uneasy Relationship


Book Review: "Legacy of Israel in Judah's Bible"


Book Review: Politics in the Hebrew Bible, Parts 1-3

Hermeneutics as Reductionism

Biblical Docetism - The Dangers of Reading the Bible Literally


Who Is Rudolf Bultmann? The Father of Form Criticism and DeMythologizing of the Bible.


How Orthodox Beliefs and Modern Biblical Scholarship Might Reconcile


Connfessions of an Ex-Apologist: "In Defense of Why I Left My Calling"

Sample Charts, Diagrams, and Illustrations
of the Hermeneutical Process