TNT: A B C of Theology

Want a Quaker perspective on atonement, baptism and Christology? A-Atonement

Callid gives Bo a call to talk through the first three installments of the  A B C’s of Theology series.

5 minutes per letter means they cover a lot of ground in little time.

You can find the original posts here:  Atonement, Baptism, Christology.

 

ALSO – Elder of Graphical Sweetness Jesse Turri is providing icon sketches for  the series!!!!!!

 

 

 

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2 comments
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat

Hey, I am loving listening to your feedback TNT... Awesome!! One little critique, I loved your comments on parables and subverting power structures but I was puzzled why in your response to the question regarding Matthew and the radical Jesus, did you not mention the role of messianic expectation (and the messianic secret... it would have been a perfect time for Tripp's lil joke) in context with Jesus action and teaching. Also, I may be wrong, but one of the major distinctions of Matthew is its intended audience being 1st century Jews who would have been, along with the disciples, aching for a person of power to put their certainty in so that Rome could be over thrown and the David/Solomon like "Kingdom of God" restored. Much of the teaching - the sermon on the mount, the miracles, the theophanies, and the parables, are meant to reconfigure the remnant. Jesus, like MLK was enacting a non-GMO, non- partisan, anti-abuse of power gospel/kin-dom of God with the understanding that the chaos caused by Holy disturbance, rupture and deconstruction would eventually, in the same way the Spirit hovered over the primordial chaos, be brought into order via the word incarnate, the power of the resurrection, and the Spirit empowered body of believers enacting this gospel. 


Contemporarily, as we consider and engage systemic social and ecological catastrophe and difficulties, Jesus the Christ, his message and example, and the subsequent imperfect examples and tradition of the Christ-ones that follow acts as a clarion call to act in a way that both confronts and lovingly accepts. We build and contribute to the legacy by enacting the transformative way ironed out in the sermon on the mount - loving our enemies etc. and at the same time work in love to mobilize, organize, and engage towards healthy societal and ecological transformation... 


You were getting to this, and have said it clearer else where, but to accurately understand Jesus as radical, one must understand who he was radically including through kindness (drunkards, prostitutes, tax collectors, gentile women, women children, roman oppressors, Samaritans, some Pharisees, Zealots, and Essenes) and who he was confronting--Jewish/Religious/political power structures selling a conditional salvation.

Exile Child
Exile Child

I'm really enjoying the ABC's; thank you Bo and friends. Question for Bo: I am glad you mentioned the lack of geography in present understanding of Christianity, and I read your previous blog about it titled, "a big difference between Christianity and Islam". Do you have any book recommendations for a theology of place and/or space? I have Walter Brueggemann's "The Land: Place as Gift, Promise and Challenge in Biblical Faith" but I would like to know of more resources. Thanks in advance.