Shiny, Let’s Be Bad Guys in 2012

In 2011, I had rather a tame year; on several occasions there were ample opportunities for me to call out other bloggers for being wrong, and I was just like, whatever, I’ll read your B.S. in apathy.

2012. It’s gonna be a different story. First up, Patheos.

For those of you all that haven’t heard, Patheos has become the Borg of religious blogging; (with a few notable exceptions) with their posts in sounding alike, even their more conservative evangelical sites are quite non-controversial. I didn’t know we lived in a world where all Christians believe in relationality, networking, and theological education…. oh wait….

What’s the big deal about religious understanding? (Peace yes, but under whose terms?- my continual harping at hegemony). I side with David Sehat in this regard, on religious freedom. The USA changed from a country where Protestants were free to establish hegemony to a nation that is free to engage in nonviolent legal, political religious conflict (the culture wars, we call them), where our difference are out in the open, where no one denies them. A free and open space which should resist any form of hegemony, public or free market.

So, I am joining Joel Watts in aiming to misbehave in 2012. There is no amount of money that could lead me to accept an invitation from Belief.Net (yeah, good luck trying to keep commenters there) or Patheos for that matter. The purpose of Political Jesus is for persons to have free access to information and opinions that our audience is interested in. It always has been that way, and always will. It is this principled stand for academic freedom, which includes freedom from corporate influence that causes to ban PJ from its citizenry. Its okay China I’ve already called you out as the next great empire, and you’re just threatened.

Joel has invited others to join his squad of Browncoats:

“Well, why not become a contributor here…

I don’t censor, except for profanity and vulgarity (unless you are talking about the Song of Solomon, of course… or Ruth or Esther…).

First and foremost, I really would like to open up the floor to women. Their voices need to be heard on the blogosphere, especially as it relates to biblical and religious studies.

Also, really looking for people who can focus on science and religion.

Maybe someone to bring a different political spin… or one with more developed political spin…

And maybe an actual Reformed Christian….

Do you have a blog? Well, you can fold it into this one…

Want a wider readership? Well, join this one.

Stop the signal (Patheos)…. Join us…”

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15 thoughts on “Shiny, Let’s Be Bad Guys in 2012

  1. Nathanael Snow

    I’d be pleased to write here from time to time.
    My blog is here:
    I’m somewhat reformed, though currently leaning Anabaptist, with a Masters in Econ from GMU, working on my Ph.D. at the same.
    I lived in Durham, NC for 10 years working at a mission-boarding school called Agape Corner.
    I used to sneak into lectures by Stanley Hauerwas.
    I took some systematic theology online from Moody.
    I read Jesus Radicals blog, Greg Boyd, John Piper, Kurt Willems, and Sojo. I agree mostly with Boyd on politics and Piper on sovereignty. Tim Keller bugs me sometimes.
    Sovereign Grace seems misogynistic to me.
    I’m an anarcho-capitalist who sees most of church history as political infighting and coalition building for doing things not appropriate as mandates for the church. Message, ministry, and mission suffer as a consequence.

  2. Josh

    Hey Rod, any idea how Joel feels about anonymity? I took the advice of some mentors to stop blogging because it could adversely affect my job prospects in the future, but if an semi-anonymous contributor would be agreeable then there’s a sociology PhD student specializing in religion who’s interested…

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