Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

The Education of Dylann Roof Part III

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

I am sadly convinced that we are on the verge of a new dark age fueled by an ignorance and paranoia that contributed to the fertile ground that allowed a Dylann Roof to thrive. When academia and the educated are demonized, it provides a space for witlessness to be placed on equal footing with rigorous scholarship. Equal time, in a perverted understanding of fairness, is given to views that are based on paranoia and sheer stupidity. Read more.

Returning Home: A Reflection on Power and Privilege upon Being in Charleston - See more at: https://

Sojourners | Jason Whitehead

The shootings at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston let loose a flood of memories long shoved into the recesses of my mind. One of these was when I was the youth director for a large white affluent congregation, and the youth groups at Mother Emanuel and my church performed a joint Youth Sunday service in the late 90s… (Returning to Ashville after the shootings) Nothing I envisioned captured the heaviness I felt; the need to be useful. Read more.

Future of Faith in America

Patheos Progressive Christian | Series Writers

The early May Pew Research report on religious trends in America has kindled a firestorm of commentary—attacking and defending, challenging and lamenting, gloating and grieving. But is it telling us anything new? In 2010, Patheos conducted a summer-long Future of World Religions conversation in which religion experts, practitioners, leaders, sociologists, and the faithful of many traditions weighed in on the prospects of religious belief. Read more.

The Education of Dylann Roof Part II

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

A clear indication that we are at the threshold of a new dark age is the simplistic dualism created by religious leaders between heretics and believers, between the saved and the damned. Ages of ignorance, which contributed to the education of Dylann Roof, occur when religious leaders participate in demonizing their Others; when they maintain that Jews, Muslims, Unitarians, and everyone else that rejects “their” particular Christian orthodoxy is destined for the flames of Hell. Read more.

The Education of Dylann Roof – Part I

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

We are standing on the precipice of a new Dark Age, of which Dylann Roof is one of its offspring. Rejecting a salvation history that maintains we are moving toward a more enlightened and just future, I argue that dark ages of ignorance follows spans of enlightenment creating at times downward spirals, at other times upward spirals, yet at other times unrelated and unconnected events; in other words, a nonlinear disjointed, multidimensional passage of time. See more.

“Doing Sacred Work”: Interview with Rev. Anne D. Dunlap of UCC on White Racial Justice Organizing

The Good Men Project | Chris Crass

As white activists around the country, including faith based activists of nearly every denomination, work to step up in these Black Lives Matter movement times, Rev. Anne D. Dunlap provides us all with pastoral care, reminding us that liberation work brings us into the work of the Divine. See more:

Everyone had an opinion except then they didn’t

Baptist News Global | Amy Butler

“Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl
This past Friday I watched as my Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with news of the Supreme Court’s ruling that every American has the same legal right to marry under the United States Constitution. From rainbow profile pictures and hashtags of #lovewins to protests about the Court usurping state’s rights and redefining marriage, everyone, it seemed, had an opinion. Except when they didn’t. See more.

6 things people need to hear from churches (but are rarely said)

Patheos Progressive Christian | Frederick Schmidt

The recent Pew study on the growth of “Nones” and the “Spiritual But Not Religious” has roiled the church. But we really shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve known for a long time now that the apparent “churchiness” of the fifties and sixties was an exception, not the rule. Trend or not, the disenchantment can be traced to six things that people need to hear from churches, but are rarely said: Read more:

Why Same Gender Marriages are as Biblical as Heterosexual Marriages

Our Lucha - blog | Miguel De La Torre

Nonsensical quips like “it’s Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve” reveals the simplistic and mistaken application of Scripture to the understanding of marriage. Claiming that the biblical traditional marriage is only between one man and one woman signifies an unsophisticated comprehension of the Bible, its history, and the social context from which the text arose. What we understand to be a traditional marriage, as defined by Western culture, does not have scriptural roots… Read more.

Tobacco, Church, and Nostalgia: A Sermon for Pentecost

Patheos Progressive Christian | Eric Smith

I was back home last week. Iliff sent me to give a lecture, of all places, in Stoneville NC, just twelve miles from my little hometown. It was a retreat for college students who were considering going to seminary; I’ll get back to them in a moment. But this retreat was held in the next county over from mine, and so I drove down all those old familiar roads back home and through all those places I’ve known so well. The roads there are lined with tobacco fields; the roads go right through tobacco fields. Those fields stretch for acres and acres, deep green and waist-high, big broad leaves looking like the healthiest thing in the world. Read more.