Elizabeth Johnson’s Ecological Christology: Homebrewed Christianity 88

Elizabeth Johnson, Catholic feminist theologian, returns this week to talk about Christology in ways that inspire ecological concern. Three areas she sees ecology and Christology intersecting are the ministry of Jesus, the belief in the incarnation, and Christ’s death and resurrection. Great stuff.

Books by Elizabeth Johnson:

Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God
She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse
Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture
The Church Women Want: Catholic Women in Dialogue

Also, friend of the podcast Michael Dowd stops by to tell us about an exciting series of streaming conversations in December and January, The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity. Go to evolutionarychristianity.com for details!

The classic ‘Footprints in the Sand’ poem revisited

In my sermon this week, I decided to revise the famous “Footprints in the Sand” poem to reflect Matthew 6:24 about serving two masters. Here it goes:

One more set of footprints

Last night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was one more set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.  “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, you would be all I needed. You’d walk with me all the way. But during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, I saw another set of footprints. I don’t understand why anyone else would come between us.”

The Lord replied, “My son, my precious child, I love you and I wish there were only two sets of footprints. During your times of suffering, when you saw three sets of footprints, it was then that you brought along your friend Mammon.”

Religious Pluralism, Nondualism, and Polydoxy with John Thatamanil: Homebrewed Christianity 86

This is just a podtastic conversation between Tripp and Dr. John Thatamanil, a discussion about how Thatamanil’s cultural background has informed his Christian theology. This podcast episode gives a glimpse of what one might come up with weaving strands of Alfred North Whitehead/process, the thought of Paul Tillich, and a bit of hindu tradition into a thoroughly Christian theology. He and Tripp explore the implications for religious pluralism, nondualism, and an emerging polydoxy stemming from his work.

Dr. Thatamanil is an assistant professor of theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, teaching a wide variety of courses in the areas of comparative theology, theologies of religious pluralism, Hindu-Christian dialogue, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, the theology of Paul Tillich, process theology, and Eastern Orthodox theology and spirituality.

Order a copy of Thatamanil’s The Immanent Divine: God, Creation, and the Human Predicament. An East-West Conversation.

We’re also still looking for a few more religious jokes before we offer up the finalists to the deacons to vote on for the title of 2010 Homebrewed Christianity Joke-off Champion. The prize is 4 world-class theological books, 2 premium cigars from Tripp’s humidor, some of Chad’s famous homebrewed ale, and a stack of stickers for you to spread the goodness of Homebrewed! Give us a call at 678-590-BREW to leave a message with your best religious joke.

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A Conversation with Philip Clayton: Homebrewed Christianity 85

Philip Clayton is on this episode and he and Tripp talk process, prolepsis, Jesus, his upcoming book Topsy Turvy God, the religion and science dead-end, the impact of 9/11 on theology in the 21st century, and a little process/Pannenberg. Philip Clayton is a philosopher and theologian specializing in the entire range of issues that arise at the intersection between science and religion. Most recently he’s written Transforming Christian Theology, In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World, and Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action.

Tripp blogs through Pannenberg’s 3-volume systematic theology.

We got a call this week from Don in Vancouver. Thanks for listening and giving us a shout out.

Also, do not forget you have a little bit of September left to call in with your best theological joke. Call us at 678-590-BREW and leave a message for a chance to win the:

4 theology books. We arere talking Moltmann, Pannenberg, top notch theology.
2 excellent cigars
Official Homebrewed Christianity homebrewed ale
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