Occupy Theology: Marx and Whitehead

In this special episode Deacon Jeremy Fackenthal & Tripp Fuller talk Marx and Whitehead at the 2012 Emergent Village Theological Conversation for 2012.

The “Inverse Theology” that is referenced is from Walter Benjamin and Theodore Adorno.

Also referenced is the popular blog from last month “Undercover Boss” by Stephen Keating 

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boat props Mercury
boat props Mercury

In Europe wild capitalism started to replace the system of mercantilism (today: protectionism) and led to economic growth.

Jeremy Fackenthal
Jeremy Fackenthal

Thanks, Todd! It was great to see you. Shawn - excellent question. John Cobb tackled this a bit by suggesting some communal ways of living. Clearly it is not possible at this point to completely circumvent economic systems that perpetuate injustice. But we can start by doing simple things like buying locally (both food and whatever other goods are available), speaking openly about economic injustice, and supporting policies that limit corporate greed. None of these are going to solve the problems by themselves. But you're right...gotta start somewhere.

shawn
shawn

Really enjoyed this. It makes tons of sense. I'm even open to the idea that some of the things I do that I think might me helpful are acutally just less damaging. My only ask/critique: (and Tripp I appreciated your confession at then end, which helped me here)...If you're going to tell me that every shovel I pick up is only really good for piling more crap on the pile, then maybe you could suggest some new tools I could pick up today? Accessible ways to move toward living more appropriately...

Todd
Todd

Bo (and Tripp and Jeremy), Enjoyed Claremont. I have a number of favorite podcasts. But, I must confess, after listening live and now listening again, this may be my newest favorite. Thanks for getting this one up first. Peace. Todd

Nithin Thompson
Nithin Thompson

It would be great to do theological education like YWAM, where they have modules for a few months on different topics and support is raised to pay for it. Unfortunately, none of it is accredited which is what makes things "legitimate." Yet, this could be the future of theology.

Bo Sanders
Bo Sanders

Shawn, we will try to handle this on the upcoming TNT

Bo Sanders
Bo Sanders

Nithin, I think you are right. I am almost positive that modular organizations are the future of theological ed. I went to one called Arrow Leadership that was accredited and that you could do for a degree. My nephew went to an unaccredited one at a church. -Bo

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  1. […] Last week I attended the Emergent Village Theological Conversation on Process Theology in Claremont, California.  Two of the sessions focused on process thought and economics, one by John Cobb on “Economism – The new global religion”, the other by Tripp Fuller and Jeremy Fackenthal titled “Occupy Theology – Marx and Whitehead“. […]

  2. […] Let me just add that North Americans are good at focusing on the first implication – that death is not the end – but often struggle with the second implication because, as I have learned, we assume that the as is structure of modern existence is the final ordering. Both the Nation State and Capitalism are given realities and so the best that can be hoped for is for the system to be tweaked in order to bring about a slightly kinder, gentler, more fair, and just version of the structures as it currently is configured [as Jeremy and Tripp outline in their TNT episode breakout session entitled "Occupy Theology"] […]