Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

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.

Does Criticizing Israel Make Me an Anti-Semite?

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

…If whites criticize President Obama, does that make them racist? If men criticize not-yet declared presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, does that make them sexist? And if Gentiles criticize the current hawkish Israeli government, does that make them anti-Semitic? No doubt there are racist who vilify Obama due to deep-rooted bigoted ideologies, or Clinton due to misogamist sentiments, or the State of Israel due to anti-Semitism. Read more.

Toward the Theology of Hopelessness

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

One of the unexamined assumptions of the Christian faith is a theology that is based on esperanza, on hope. “All things works for the good of those who love God, and who has been called according to God’s purpose” (Ro. 8:28). To hope in English is to expect, to await something good. In Spanish, the word esperanza is derived from the word esperar. To hope in Spanish, esperar, means (according to the Velázquez dictionary) to wait in apprehension of either good or evil. Read more.

Muslims in the Western Imagination

Islamic Studies | Elliott Bazzano

Sophia Rose Arjana explores a variety of creative productions—including art, literature, film—in order to tell a story not about how Muslims construct their own identities but rather about how Western thinkers have constructed ideas about Muslims and monsters. To what extent are these imaginary constructs real? Is it possible for one’s imagination to create things that are more telling than what is actually real? Read more.

The Myth Behind the ProLife Rhetoric

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Every human being – regardless of their race, gender, economic class, nationality, religious faith or sexual orientation – is created in the image of God, what theologians call the imago Dei…Because we humans reflect God’s image, we have worth in the universe and are created for dignity. Likewise, we have both a right to life and a duty not to take another’s life. Read more.