Our contemporary churches are populated with Christians, atheists, humanists, Jews, Buddhists, and even Wiccans. Nevertheless, I will argue that we do have in fact have a theology that has been relatively clear and consistent through time.
There was that morning I will never forget, when I stood in the sweet sanctuary. I was at the table before the bread and the wine, saying those ancient Words of Institution, when my belly began shifting around with those smooth oceanic movements.
Stark shows that the Bible isn't just self-contradictory on a few historical details but that within the pages of the Bible is an argument and not just an argument with the outside world: The Bible is an argument with itself.
I hope the theopoetic method can begin to decentralize the structure that keeps theology belonging to an educated, priestly class, instead placing it as a multi-layered conversation that envisions our future as being multi-voiced.
Mark seems quite fond of telling his congregants to "man up" and I guess I am really asking him to do the same. I would like him to say to my face what he has spread around the world via Youtube, and you can be sure I'll have a few questions for him as well.
God is not a force who acts on the world through coercion, violence or the suspension of physics and free will. God is a verb, an action we bring to the world to make love, justice, mercy, joy and goodness known.
At the end of the day, there are terrorists, there is oil and there are people who start up and run businesses. They are better defined by what they do. For government or the rest of us to insist on defining them by their faith is at best careless.