"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."
Causality is still a useful concept in all branches of science including physics and chemistry, as well as everyday life. But we also cannot assume that it is a universal principle that applies in all circumstances.
The theological claim that science cannot describe the origin of the universe and its laws in purely natural terms is refuted by the existence of plausible scenarios consistent with all knowledge that are fully worked out mathematically and published in reputable journals.
Between 2,000 years of theologians and seven volumes of J.K. Rowling's nuanced prose, there is more than enough fodder for discussion. Consider, for instance, whether there's a God-figure in the series.
There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.
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.