Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

The Persistent Racism Of Theological Schools – Part II

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Your theological school might be racist if . . .
. . . you hear white colleagues tell their white PhD students that they shouldn’t bother trying to apply for a tenure-track position because of the discrimination that exists against white men in the academy. . . the class syllabus has no books written by scholars of color, and if it does, the book was published in the last century. Read more:

Bonus Text: Josh Duggar and the Six Commandments

Patheos Progressive Christian | Eric Smith

There’s an old saying that ministers should preach with the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. These days the saying might be modified so that the hand that used to hold the newspaper now holds a smart phone with its Facebook feed open. This week, Facebook feeds have been full of news about America’s favorite dysfunctional weird relatives, the Duggar family of reality TV… Read more.

Reflections on the Pew Forum: Adjusting to the “New Normal”

Patheos Progressive Christian | Kyle Roberts

As chance (or fate, or meticulous divine providence) would have it, I led a church staff discussion this morning about the changing shape of Christianity in America, with particular focus on the role of Millennials. … the 2015 Pew Research study came out (today). That main trend is that the American Christian church is, in fact experiencing (near) universal decline in numbers. See more:

Rereading Jonah

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Jonah is an asparagus – at least according to the popular 2002 Christian film, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. Moviegoers were introduced to a Jonah that proclaimed God’s word: specifically, “to play nice, do good, and to wash their hands.” However, when God told Jonah the asparagus to go to the city of Nineveh, a dirty city characterized by vegetables that slap each other across the face with raw fish, Jonah ran in the opposite direction. … the important message of the story of Jonah: “God gives second chances.” Read more.

Native Americans Say Man Enslaved Them. Pope Francis Calls Him A Saint

Think Progress | Jack Jenkins

Pope Francis has been widely lauded as a champion of the oppressed, advocating for the victims of war and passionately declaring that “to discriminate in the name of God is inhuman.” But in September, the pontiff is planning to canonize, or declare a saint, a man who some Native Americans say not only discriminated in God’s name, but also subjugated thousands of Indians along the West Coast using missionary tactics that effectively enslaved his Christian converts. Read more.

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.