Peter Rollins Gives Up Atheism For Lent?: Homebrewed Christianity 91

This week Peter Rollins joins the podcast with an interview for the ages….or at least the week!  Not only does Pete join the cast but Tony Jones jumps into the mix and lays down a Lenten Challenge to Pete…..to give up his (Christian) Atheism for Lent.  If you are wondering exactly why a ‘famous Christian thinker\speaker type’ is being asked to give up atheism for lent, then listen to his visit to the Common Sense atheist podcast where the atheist host has a hard time seeing how Pete is (not) an atheist.  The challenge is out and the interview that followed was exciting.   So go put this Belfast philosopher’s game in your pipe iPod and smoke play it.  You can read Tony Jones’ challenge for yourself right HERE. If for some reason you don’t own Pete’s books, iPhone App, seen his videos, heard these audios, follow him on Twitter, or facebook him – then DO IT.

It was wonderful to get to interview Pete and spend a couple days with him when he was in SoCal a few weeks ago.  Hope you all enjoy the conversation and that Pete enjoys taking up God for Lent!

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8 comments
Cole
Cole

Thanks Tripp, Pete articulates his ideas really well here, and even goes into his personal faith journey (or maybe doubt journey) which I really appreciated. Great podcast. Listeners should look to Vattimo and Girard's "Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith" for more on these topics.

Daniel Andersen
Daniel Andersen

Excellent podcast, Peter Rollins is quite an interesting voice. During the podcast you mentioned some lectures on Hegel given by Slavoj Zizek, any idea if they can be found on the net somewhere? Keep up the excellent work.

Lisa Carson
Lisa Carson

Interesting conversation. I think what resonates with me isn't so much the teaching on entering or allowing yourself to enter into doubt or unknowing or to experience that instead of run from it...but what I wonder is if you can actually create for yourself another "religion" out of this place of doubt? Can this place of doubt be a comfort that threatens our ability to allow the "resurrection" into our lives? The reason I ask this is because it seems like this occurance of doubt can create a fear of resurrection because that can feel like you "might" lose it again. For instance, I think we tend to fear "free" love because that creates this feeling like "I didn't do anything to get this, so I am not sure it will stay if it came this easy, it can leave just as easy" - does that make sense? So it seems like doubt can be another form of "control" - maybe? Like doubt can be stuck in a pit, then resurrection comes knocking at the door and doubt is like "get behind me Satan" and resurrection is like "what the hell?' - it is time to live again> ?! - IDK

AgnosticPentecostal
AgnosticPentecostal

Is this podcast available on vinyl? That would make it hipper. Pete's prose would be much more relevant in analogue. ;o) (Good piece though. Do it Pete: Lay down some old-school absolutism, sans Sartre, for a change. Might be a fun experiment in open-mindedness: to experience the absence of experiencing absence....Then come back for another Austin visit, like Cat said.) Cheers.

AgnosticPentecostal
AgnosticPentecostal

Is this podcast available on vinyl? That would make it hipper. Pete's prose would be much more relevant in analogue. ;o) (Good piece though. Do it Pete: Lay down some old-school absolutism, sans Sartre, for a change. Might be a fun experiment in open-mindedness: to experience the absence of experiencing absence.) Cheers.

Cathryn Thomas
Cathryn Thomas

Hey you ... been a while since i've left a comment. Do you still have that podcast where you were talking about your fav. Cathryn story? Can't find it. Anyway. Love you guys. Pete that was pretty kwel... but i think you should take Tony's offer up on the Lent thing. I don't think you would be going backwards... just a re-visit to some things... and taking what you have now... and perhaps a look "Back-Forwards".... play with it... perhaps it's a trauma place as well. Just a thought dude. Much love to you both.... oh, Tripp lets Skype soon ok... we can toast over some "good stuff". Better yet, make a trip to Austin some time. xocat

Deacon Burrley
Deacon Burrley

Wow this is hilarious! Gotta sneak off at work now to listen. @scot links working for me

Scot Miller
Scot Miller

I can't find Tony Jones' challenge to Peter Rollins. I think the link must be broken.

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