Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

I am not a nonviolent man

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

I deeply resonate with the words of César Chávez who said, “I am not a nonviolent man. I am a violent man who is trying to be nonviolent.” As I observe the violence on the streets of Baltimore, and hear the pleas for peace mainly by those in power who are more interested in maintaining the unjust status quo, I am left wondering if the oppressed are approaching the day where trying to be nonviolent is counterproductive. Read more.

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard

Patheos Progressive Christian Channel | James McGrath

CBS News has a recording of the speech by Martin Luther King Jr. from which the quote is taken. Morgan Guyton also shared another thought which seemed to me to be worth quoting and sharing: What is coming into focus for me is the difference between law and order and justice. Law and order describes a world where boundaries remain predictable and inviolable. Windows aren’t broken, traffic isn’t stopped, business as usual hums along… Read more:

Call for Prayers for the People of Nepal

Mountain Sky Outlook | Bishop Elaine Stanovsky

Over the weekend, we learned of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastating the country of Nepal, between the capital city of Kathmandu and nearby Pokhara. News reports state this is Nepal’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years, with the death toll estimated to reach 4,000 people and 7,000 injured. The country is continuing to experience aftershocks as relief teams also struggle to find survivors and assess the damage. Please join me in praying for the people of Nepal, our missionaries, and relief agencies responding to this disaster.
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Bible Pop Quiz

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

No one reads or interprets the Bible literally – regardless as to what they profess. To do so is simplistic, if not dangerous. All of us read our bias, our theology, and our social location into the text. There is no such thing as an objective reading; all readings are subjective. Read more.

McDonalds Becomes a Progressive Company According to Themselves

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

On April 2nd, (a day too late for an April fools day joke) McDonald’s took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times proclaiming to be “a modern, progressive burger company” and that starting on July 1st, the wages of employees working in company-owned U.S. restaurants would be raised. Specifically, these employees can expect a one-dollar an hour increase in pay over and above local legal minimum wages. Read more.

Losing my religion for equality

The Age - Federal Politics | Jimmy Carter

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I HAVE been a practicing Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after six decades…Read more.

‘His victory is our victory:’ Easter Sunday message one of hope

The Denver Post | John Aguilar

After a year of turmoil overseas and at home, Denver-area preachers, pastors and priests plan to present a message of rejuvenation and renewal at services on Easter Sunday. …Iliff School of Theology president Thomas Wolfe said whatever theme clergy emphasize on Christianity’s holiest day, the “power of the Easter message” is in its ability to awaken in people the realization that “the capacity for change rests within them.”
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A Hispanic Rethinking of the Cross

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Crosses are the electric chairs of the past, the means by which the civil authorities punished transgressors of the law. If ancient Rome had the means of electrocution as oppose to crucifixion; I wonder if today’s Christians would be walking around wearing miniature golden electric chairs around their necks. Because we resignified the cross to point toward a religious tradition as opposed to a means of state-sponsored capital punishment…Read more.

Race and the Fabric of Faith

Huffington Post Religion | Jack Levison

We’ve seen the images from Sanford, Florida; from Ferguson, Missouri; from Staten Island, New York. Many of us are horrified, most of us mystified, nearly all of us paralyzed. What to do? Last week, the Presidents and Deans of America’s 13 United Methodist Seminaries — representing over 5,000 seminarians, including over 1,000 African-Americans — met in Atlanta and did something. Read more.

Why Does God Need a Penis?

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

…Eurocentric art has taught, normalized, and legitimized a white male image of God. And it is this image of God that justifies patriarchy and influences a sexual ethics detrimental to women. No discussion concerning sexual ethics can take place until we first debunk God’s purported male gender. Read more.