SoGo TNT: Steve Knight, Atheism for Lent, Missional, and Diversity

Steve Knight of SoGo Media pays a visit to the HBC Headquarters for a TNT worthy of the ‘throw-down’ moniker.SoGo

We (mostly) talk about:

  • Atheism for Lent
  • What is ‘Missional’?
  • Why White Guys care about Diversity
  • and we tell a couple of stories to close

You can find SoGo Media and their awesome array of videos here.

You can connect to Steve Knight via his Twitter account @knightopia to keep up with all of the happenings in his multi-faceted universe.

We also want to thank Epic Brewing for sponsoring the evening.

You can find the Mumford -Music Industry blog post that was referenced [here] 

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34 comments
mteston911
mteston911

As a drifting "meth-o-lic" (upbringing catholic, vocationally methodist) the atheism for lent certainly driven by P. Rollins, and I like Rollins a great deal, is somewhat redundant. In the rejection of much of what has been "tradition" for good reason, many have imagined we are cutting new ground in these emerging, post emerging movements and I imagine in a culture that has largely forsaken all things "church" everything looks edgy, wow, and new. Unfortunately the rush to "Easter" or "resurrection" skipping over the void of a real Friday and Saturday has caused an amnesia even within traditions that once embraced such a season of "atheism" or real "absence," the void if you will. In the "triumphalistic" view all things "christian" in the cultural DNA of America it is easy to turn the events of Friday into "Mechanical Friday" which precludes any kind of season of real loss, real void, real existential angst, or any as the ancients called it, "dark night of the soul." 

ngilmour
ngilmour

One question I forgot: is the audio of Woodley responding to emails at Wild Goose West available online anywhere?  I think I'd like to hear that.

ngilmour
ngilmour

A couple responses:

1) Folks in my circles generally aren't talking much about "atheism for Lent," but I've seen FB chatter about it.  To what extent is this like the experiment that Merold Westphal proposes in Suspicion and Faith, and to what extent does it differ?

2) I enjoyed the discussion of "Missional" as a concept.  My hunch is that a good many folks would identify with the definition you lay down, especially as broad as the category seems to be.  I think you're right, though, that as a limiting concept, it doesn't do much beyond flushing the (relatively few?) souls-only folks and political-activism-only folks into the open.  Most liberals I know (or whatever they want to be called) have some sense that there's a spirituality beyond the partisan machine (there are some exceptions), and most evangelicals I know (generally they're alright with that label) have some sense that resisting human trafficking is good work without having to tack on an altar call.  

 

Good exchange!

Jonnie Russell
Jonnie Russell

Fantastic. I'm not sure what was going on, but I too was choked up, at work, hearing the Richard Twist gospel experience. Don't know what he said but thank you for sharing what it did to you Tripp and Bo. I did something to me by proxy. 

BoEberle
BoEberle

 @ngilmour As one of the co-conspirators of this atheism for lent thing, I'll say that to some extent the speculation outpaces the intentions. What I mean is that there is no secret purpose here... some of us wrote up some posts about atheist thinkers and that's about it. Now, if this is viewed in the context of being the "Pete Rollins thing," and to an extent it is, one might map Pete's project onto atheism for lent and then we see that the project is markedly different than Westphal's, i.e. it is not Christians developing their faith, familiarizing themselves with opposition, etc. but the first steps toward the removal of the so-called "big other," etc. But as this project was a quilt work, not written by Pete or any one person, each post kind of stands on its own. The project in its current form is polyvocal and ambiguous. That's ok. There has been some great discussion both online and in our weekly meetings here in NYC, and I don't know that for now the goal is more than that. Personally I'm in favor of making Pete's Lacanian Christianity more explicit and radical, but others in the group are more Westphal. So there you have it!

ngilmour
ngilmour

 @BoSanders I must have missed that one.  Downloading now.  Thank you!

ngilmour
ngilmour

 @BoEberle Gotcha, gotcha.  I'm actually teaching Genealogy of Morals in its entirety for a philosophy class at my Christian college this summer, but my own project is closer to Westphal's than to Rollins's.  I had just heard mumblings online, so I figured I'd ask since the subject matter was on the podcast.

theBoSanders
theBoSanders

%s %s LMAO - unfortunately a day of staff meetings has dulled my capacity for a witty comeback ... %s

PeterRollins
PeterRollins

@theBoSanders I enjoyed your reflections and the conversation on the subject. Unfortunately you still must die

coffeeorsuicide
coffeeorsuicide

%s %s %s btw, i don't even know if i "agree" with %s ...

mattmccrac
mattmccrac

@theBoSanders thought-world; but that thought-world is crap.' The bullshit kind of roasted everything that comes after the "if."

mattmccrac
mattmccrac

@theBoSanders To be more serious; does the "bullshit" not, to some degree, counteract the "if?" i.e. 'Sure, AFL makes sense in that...

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