Paul: Rupture, Revelation, & Revolution [High Gravity class w/ Peter Rollins]


Peter Rollins and I may not be able to do atheism for lent this year because we are going to be reading the Apostle Paul… along with some philosophers who are into Paul. You should think about joining us in this High Gravity online class. It’s over 10 hours of geekdom streamed to your computer on the cheap.

The class will begin on March 2nd with a Paul & the Bible ‘teach-in’ with NT Professor Daniel Kirk. Daniel is a popular podcast guest, Fuller Seminary Professor and author of Jesus have I loved but Paul? During the extended session we will look at Paul historically and examine articles by NT Wright and Stanley K. Stowers.

The following week we will begin our close reading of three different political philosophers engagement with Paul. In the second session we will look at Jacob Taubes‘ seminal work The Political Theology of PaulHis lectures were what paved the way for two of the most talked about texts in political philosophy. In weeks 3 and 4 we will walk through Alain Badiou‘s Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism.  In weeks 5 and 6 we will do a close reading of Slavoj Zizek‘s The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity.  

The class includes over 10 hours of live-streamed nerdiness for just 30 bucks. Each session will be a live streamed video-cast w/ some introductory remarks about the thinkers, conversational walkthrough the texts, and interaction with the participants. Following the session it will be available for download on the class page along with links to the archived video, supplemental reading material, and the class discussion board. Each session will begin at 6pm pst (9pm est).

Go here to sign up.


Theology for the People: Keller, Cobb and God

tftp_Twitter_Header3-1024x341IMG_4910_2This is the first half of the  live podcast from the American Academy of Religion 2014. The evening was sponsored by Fortress Press, was supplied with delicious beer by Monkish Brewing Co & featured Catherine Keller, John Cobb and Jack Caputo.

In part one you will hear Keller discuss her new book Cloud of the Impossible (which everyone should have on their Christmas list). Then you get a fascinating conversation between Keller and Cobb about Process theology, the future of theological education and then they answer that most pressing question ‘who is God?’


The New Publishing Partnership

Homebrewed Christianity is super pumped about the publishing partnership with Fortress. The upcoming Homebrewed Christianity 10653370_807752369288009_1575330671555985864_nGuide To series is a new way for us to expand our grassroots theology campaign.  Next year we hope to get the first two or three texts out and plan to release ten volumes over three years. Because the series itself comes out of what all the HBC community has developed over the last 7 years we will be getting some of our best guests to write in the series and will have some sweet opportunities for the Deacons to get involved.

We are very excited about the two podcasts from AAR and the Fortress partnership so if you were NOT at AAR and didn’t get a chance to get a pint glass, a sweet signed copy of the Keller beer logo or the John Cobb poster then share both of the AAR episodes on twitter & Facebook. We will put all the names in a hat and then mail the winners some of the sweet swag. So be kind and tag us so we find you!





John Dominic Crossan on the First Christmas [Barrel Aged]

That's Elgin & I over 5 years ago! It was his 1st hangout w/ a legendary nerd.

That’s Elgin & me over 5 years ago! It was his 1st hangout w/ a legendary nerd.

It’s Advent season and many of us are getting ready to rock a towel over our head, glue a beard on our kids, and add a fresh layer of glitter to some angel wings. Why not plug in your ear buds and have John Dominic Crossan discuss the birth narratives of Jesus? You can nerd out and wrap gifts at the same time.

Dom Crossan has been on the podcast a number of times and on this Barrel Aged podcast we are re-releasing his second visit almost 5 years ago. We talk about his book The First Christmas and Crossan answers questions that many of our Deacons called in.

Barrel Aged Graphic_crop2_rev1If you have yet to subscribe to the Barrel Aged podcast stream go here and do it. You can also be awesome and write a review on iTunes or Stitcher.


Advent High Gravity Fun w/ Tripp & Bo

highgravity_RadTheoIt’s time to get your geek on this Advent.  What better way to practice the holy waiting of this Advent season than streaming weekly with some Wise-ish Nerds on the internet?

Each week Tripp and Bo will be looking at the liturgical texts for the upcoming week of advent and using a different theologian to dig deeper into the themes of the week.
Expect to encounter Jack Caputo’s discussion of the ‘to come,’ Catherine Keller’s Parabolic Christology, Kathryn Tanner’s incarnational Christology, reflections on Ebenezer Scrooge, New Testament fun with Borg, Wright, and Horsley & hopefully Tripp will talk Bo into reading his theologically revised version of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ in a deep sultry radio voice.
Each session will be at least 90 minutes, maybe 2 hours, that covers a bible episode and a theology episode, and available as a live stream or as a download afterward.  We will post some readings for each week and will be taking questions before and during each session.  We hope the mix of theology, bible and liturgical season makes this a sermon or small group leader prep session and for the many Deacons without a faith community a chance to find some online partners during the advent season.
Head over to the High Gravity class page and sign up today!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
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Theology For the People!



I am pretty pumped that Fortress Press is investing in real deal theology written for the people. Too many authors, publishers, and clergy keep theology in footnotes, block quotes, and $100 texts for libraries.  Now there is going to be a line at one of the most excellent religion publishers dedicated to raising the level of the conversation at your local tavern, church parking lot and Facebook stream.

Personally I am glad they brought in Tony Jones to be a part of it and am thrilled they are sponsoring the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast LIVE at AAR/SBL this year in San Diego.  Because Fortress wants to get the word out, if you come in person you will get some serious swag made of glass that holds a liquid treat.  This liquid treat may be a beer brewed in honor of our podcast guest Catherine Keller.  Who knows what could happen? Clearly you should be there for the hype and hang out with us afterwards.

Did I mention John Cobb and Jack Caputo will be there as well?!! Go here for more details. If you are coming & want to chill after tweet\email me.


Homebrewed LIVE in San Diego @ the American Academy of Religion

This year during the American Academy of Religion is in San Diego.  On Friday night, November 21st from 7 – 9 pm CobbNewthere shall be a LIVE podcast experience that will make geekdom quake and every nerd shake.

In Room 202A at the Hilton Bayfront people shall gather and encounter a theological spectacular.  The Homebrewed crew will be joined by none other than Catherine Keller,  John Cobb, and John Caputo.


The evening will be packed with podcast excellence.  You will hear…

*an interview with Keller about her new book Cloud of the Impossible

*a discussion between Cobb & Keller about the future of Process theology and theological education

*Caputo will engage Keller’s new text and possibly lapse into metaphysical thinking under the lure of her thought (and/or a couple brews)

*Cobb & Caputo will both respond to 3 questions Keller has carefully crafted to draw out possible connections between the two JCs.

* Cobb will get an award for being the first HBC guest to total up 500,ooo downloads

* Keller will get a beer christened in her honor… with a sweet logo… there may be chilled samples

* LASTLY there will an Epic announcement of something super sweet that shall remain a mystery until that evening.

The live podcast is being sponsored by Fortress Press. They will have some serious goodness for those who attend.

PS… Regular HBC listeners, our Deacons, know that we often call John Cobb and John Caputo the other two JCs of the podcast.  I have it on good authority that whenever two JCs gather and their thought is woven and folded together by a theopoetic master such as Catherine Keller the original JC is likely to appear.

What is Theopoetics? the answer in book form.

91lvxkbT0oL._SL1500_For years (many more than you might think) this “thing” called theopoetics has been happening, occuring, bubbling-up in various places, writings, and presentations.  Those who have called their work by the title of theopoetics come from diverse backgrounds including Biblical criticism, death of God theology, postmodern thought, and process theology.  Such a wealth of fields and interests encourages broad interest but at the the same time can result in students, practicioners, laypeople, and theopoets themselves lacking a connection to the wider body.  Callid Keefe-Perry’s book, Way to Water, remedies this by mapping a path through the sundry strands of theopoetics past and present, all the while working to demonstrate just what theopoetics is or aims to be.

Callid skillfully summarizes the positions of early theopoetic thinkers Stanley Hopper, Amos Wilder, and Rubem Alves before moving in subsequent chapters to more contemporary versions of theopoetic thought.  He works his way through the contributions of Melanie Duguid-May and Scott Holland, process theologians Roland Faber and Catherine Keller, radical theologians Peter Rollins and John Caputo, and the work of Richard Kearney and Karmen MacKendrick.  As the title suggests, Callid provides a path on the journey toward theopoetics (or a theopoetic) by gathering together some theopoetic events, examining their moments of resonance and pointing out their places of dissonance.   He is careful not to coorindate theopoetic “schools” into fixed positions in relation to each other, which would be antithetical to the theopoetic project in general, but rather he treats the various thinkers/writers as bodies that might collid, slip over each other or dance together in the on-going effort to name and describe that which we call God.

Additionally, and importantly, the last two chapters of Way to Water indicate practical applications of theopoetics for churches and pastors.  I would expect nothing less from a practical theologian, and again Callid proves wonderfully adept at parsing out how an embodied theopoetics might (and does) take shape through preaching, pastoral care, and liturgy.

Since Callid is well aware that there can be no conclusion to the infinite movement of divine rhythms, for me the end of the book unfolded into new beginnings in two significant ways.  First, Callid suggests three definitions for the term theopoetics, each textured by what Callid has gleaned from the theologians he addresses in the book.  These definitions struck me as deeply personal and intimately situated in various ways, which I believe only further demonstrates an important point Callid makes in the book:  the symbolic, prerational, and sensuous modes of theological discourse are not to be ignored.  Second, and very much related to the definitions he offers, Callid’s epilogue consists of a series of aphorisms intended not just to describe theopoetic work, but to actually be theopoetic writing.  Here he shows us through stories and poems that, while not entirely elusive, the divine is not within our grasp, cannot be pinned down.  Rather the aphorisms open the reader to the continual progression, the unfolding process of naming God, of articulating our relationship to the divine.

Way to Water provides a helpful text for those teaching or studying theopoetics for the first time, and it is accessible to non-academic readers as well.  I highly recommend this book to all my pastor-type friends, as I know it will spark conversation among you and in your churches.  I also recommend it my friends who might consider teaching a course on theopoetics and taking up the task of training the next generation of theopoetic thinkers.

My buddy Jeremy wrote this review and I shared it because I love Jeremy and Callid.


Creation Out of Nothing w/ Ian McFarland

ResizeImageHandler.ashx8565330_orig Ian McFarland is on the podcast for the first time and he’s talking about his new book From Nothing: A Theology of Creation.  Dr. McFarland is a professor of theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in the ATL .  During the interview I found out he earned his PhD at Yale with former guest Kathryn Tanner.  It was an amazing conversation in which we discuss the nature of God, Creation, evil, divine action, providence and eschatology.  Not only that but at the end of the podcast you get a personal invitation to join the fan club for Maximus the Confessor

In the podcast we discuss our previous conversation with Catherine Keller and her text The Face of the Deep.  We also make reference to the session from the American Academy of Religion title ‘Creatio ex Nihilio?’ that featured six different voices debating the doctrine and then the follow-up TNT episode.


Film Screening & Director Q/A in LA

the-good-manIt’s hard to make a film. Period. It’s damn hard to make a good film. If you’ve never made a film before, it’s really, bloody, damn hard to make a good one. But first-time filmmaker Phil Harrison has done just that. Not only is his first feature, The Good Man, beautifully written and shot and brilliantly acted (in Ireland and South Africa, no less), the narrative is loaded with implications ripe for theological, ethical, political, and economic discussions in our tightly-connected global community. To paraphrase the old saying, if a man is killed in Ireland, does it make a sound in South Africa?

On Saturday night, September 20th, we’ll not only have the opportunity to screen The Good Man, but to talk with Phil about all things philosophy, theology (and he’s no slouch on those two fronts either), and film during a live Homebrewed Christianity podcast. Afterwards, we’ll continue and liven up (if possible) the conversation at a local watering hole.
Really hope you can make it.  For tickets, directions, and more info.

The Good Man trailer from Manifesto Films on Vimeo.


Catherine Keller on Process, Poetry, & Post-Structuralism [Barrel Aged]

kellercatherine_keller Catherine Keller is clearly one of the most brilliant theologians taking residence on our planet and she is our Barrel Aged interview this week.  We have done a bunch of process theology on the podcast but we haven’t had a process thinker who connects Whitehead with Deleuze and Derrida so sit back, relax, and get ready for a whole world of new ideas for your theological imagination. Catherine has a ton of books (On the Mystery is a book for everyone), Facebook author page, and a super-spiffy Professor page at Drew University (plus tons of free lectures\chapters for your reading).

Catherine is a theological poet…theology needs more poets!!! Many thanks to Catherine for sharing her imagination and time.  May you all join the Nicolas of Cusa fan club.

Don’t forget to make your plans to attend a LIVE Homebrewed Christianity Podcast w/ Catherine Keller & John Cobb at the 2014 AAR/SBL gathering in San Diego.  It will be Friday November 21, 2014 from 700-900 pm at the Hilton Bayfront in room 202-A.  Anyone & everyone is welcome.