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Review of “Race Matters” by Cornel West — July 10, 2015

Review of “Race Matters” by Cornel West

512lQebfcDL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_As a foreign student in the United States my entry into the racism debate is recent. I had a psychological conversion 4 years ago when, through the experience of a black class mate, I became aware of my participation in white privilege even though I am not an American citizen. I have come to realize that the litmus test for any worldview or ethics, and especially any expression of Christian spirituality, is its stance on racism in the US and its willingness to make it the prime focus of action and reflection. Racism is not just one of the many issues the US is facing. It points to THE moral flaw of the US at its core and thus its challenge.

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Review of “The Future of Evangelical Theology” by Amos Yong —

Review of “The Future of Evangelical Theology” by Amos Yong

UnknownFrom the title “The Future of Evangelical Theology. Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora” it is evident that Amos Yong is seeking a renewal of Evangelical Theology. If this would be the sole purpose of the book his attempt would be partially successful and partially unsuccessful at providing the impetus for momentum. Reading the book, however, it becomes quite clear that Yong has a secondary aim. This is also evidenced in the subtitle. He seeks to call his fellow Asian American Evangelical theologians to retrieve their own Asian distinctiveness and locate it at the heart of their theologizing endeavor within an Evangelical context. Yong sets himself to this task with great persuasion and effectiveness.

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Bonhoeffer’s Theology of the Cross — May 7, 2015

Bonhoeffer’s Theology of the Cross

BonhoefferBonhoeffer’s theology is a modern version of Luther’s theology of the cross. It is not merely a slavishly reworked version but constitutes a highly original contribution to the conversation that captures both the essential elements and the heart of Luther’s theology and makes it relevant for today. To the extent that Luther’s work represented a copernican revolution in theology Bonhoeffer’s work does too. Continue reading

The Resurrection As God’s Vanishing Act — April 5, 2015

The Resurrection As God’s Vanishing Act

Emmaus by Janet Brooks-Gerloff, 1992  Benedictine Kornelimünster, Aachen
Emmaus by Janet Brooks-Gerloff, 1992
Benedictine Kornelimünster, Aachen

Although the resurrection is the story of the unexpected hope breaking forth in the midst of tragedy, loss, and defeat, resurrection is also always the cypher for confusion and enigma. Is not the resurrection both presence and absence, hope and deferment. Does it not bring emptiness in the midst of fulfillment?

No narrative illustrates this better than that of the two men who are on their way to Emmaus.

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Demythologization or Remythologization? — April 3, 2015

Demythologization or Remythologization?

Rudolf BultmannA little shout-out here to Rudolf Bultmann on the occasion of Easter. This theologian deserves much more attention. The bad rap he gets for his project of demythologization (if he is mentioned at all in conservative circles) is entirely unjustified. I’ve just been reading his “New Testament & Mythology and Other Basic Writings” and can only say that, while I don’t subscribe to Bultmann’s demythologization, I’m deeply impressed.

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Je Suis Charlie But I’m also a Moron — January 15, 2015

Je Suis Charlie But I’m also a Moron

Je suis Charlie, but I’m also a moron!

The atrocious acts of muslim terrorism give us reason to be worried and upset. There seems to be  steady rise in incidents in the West and we witness growing atrocity, as IS trumps Al Quaida violence with the most barbaric cruelty. There are more radical organizations at work too attempting to open more frontiers of islamic jihad. Radical Islam is a threat. Let there be no mistake about this. Yet, the West should examine itself before pretending to be innocent. Islam may be a threat to the West and its libertarian ways, but a close examination of its libertarianism reveals a shallow self-infatuation together with a solid dose of hypocrisy.

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Bonhoeffer’s Dialectical Christocentrism — January 12, 2015

Bonhoeffer’s Dialectical Christocentrism

For those who are interested, here is a piece that explains what my Bonhoeffer dissertation is all about and what will determine my theological program after that. It may be a little dense and technical, but if you want to get the whole picture of how my work on Bonhoeffer connects with the future of the Church, you will want to read this post.

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Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: A Review — December 26, 2014
The Atheism of Discipleship — November 17, 2014

The Atheism of Discipleship

Luther’s theology of the cross, it is sometimes asserted, opened the way to the atheism of the modern age. The cross as the symbol of the hiddenness of God in the midst of reality, confounding reason, always harbors the threat of God’s non-being; it is always possible that behind the hiddenness of God behind the cross is nothing; that the veil of the cross will eventually reveal nothingness. The suffering Christ crying out ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken me’ is truly godforsaken. While Luther did not intend this, of course—for otherwise he would not speak of hiddenness but absence—the cross is always an ambiguous place in his theology. It is a place of paradox. Continue reading

Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Mark — September 27, 2014

Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

The strange Jesus of Mark
After not having read the Gospels for a few years and after abandoning the standard paradigm of already knowing who Jesus is and what the text means and thus coming to the text with assumptions, a prioris, and prior commitments, resulting in a Jesus who more conforms to our conventions and our fossilized religious framework, reading Mark anew provides for a fresh encounter.

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