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Stuff Fundamentalist Churches Like: House UnChristian Activities Committees

Joseph Raymond McCarthy. Español: Este persona...

Joseph Raymond McCarthy. Español: . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the favorite national past times for fundamentalist is to rail against Catholicism for the Inquisition, and the burnings of John Huss and William Tyndale yet claim innocence when it comes to persecution. Nooooo the fact is that fundamentalists head a new Inquisition, and the new form of torture is defaming people’s good names and taking away their livelihoods. All a fundamentalist powermonger, an Al Mohler or Paige Patterson, has to do is claim that they are more orthodox than the other woman, I mean, guy, and keep beating people over the head with that fact. Eventually, people will start believing false rumors and get angry at that woman, I mean, guy so that person has to lose their job. A few years ago when I was keeping up, reading on the Peter Enns/WestMinster Theological Seminary fiasco, I thought it was only an anomaly. There is no way fundamentalists treat all of their scholars like this. Well, I was really mistaken.

Fred Clark of Slacktivist has a list of recent evangelical inquisitions, and yes, I agree whole heartedly with using that terminology to describe what’s going on: No One Expects The Evangelical Inquisition: Part 1

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Father of Black Theology James Cone, Cancels Speaking Engagement In Ohio

Dr. James Cone at the 174th Convocation of Uni...

Dr. James Cone at the 174th Convocation of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I caught this story on Twitter and could not, well, okay, I believed it. Invited to make a speech at a seminary located in Ohio, a state absolutely essential to Presidential and national politics, James Hal Cone has cancelled his appearance due to threats. Interestingly, Cone’s recent book, The Cross and The Lynching Tree is now REQUIRED reading for Trinity Lutheran students. I think personally it’s a start in the right direction.  Wish more seminaries and schools of theology would make texts written by women and people of color require reading, you know, instead of Barthian propaganda. But I digress.

for more, read this link: Theologian Cancels appearance

As Ohio goes, so goes the nation?


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We Are All Joss Whedon Now: Scholarship & Pop Culture #whedony

I thought I would play along with a couple of bloggers’ meme today with a “We Are All [fill in the blank]” today. It does seem appropriate given the popularity and success of Joss Whedon‘s Cabin In The Woods as well as Marvel’s The Avengers (or known by those across the pond as Avengers Assemble!).

I have been meaning to do a post on why scholars should engage pop culture, and yesterday, friend and commenter Seth on The Twitter sent me an interesting article, Pop Culture Studies: Why Do Academics Study Buffy The Vampire Slayer More than The Wire, The Matrix, Alien, and the Simpsons? [linked here].

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by a mile. More than twice as many papers, essays, and books have been devoted to the vampire drama than any of our other choices—so many that we stopped counting when we hit 200. Buffy even has its own journal: Slayage, a publication of the Whedon Studies Association (named for the show’s creator, Joss Whedon), which features titles like “Real Vampires Don’t Wear Shorts: The Aesthetics of Fashion in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Killing us Softly? A Feminist Search for the ‘Real’ Buffy.” “


English: The entertitle of Buffy made on Paint.



Well, they forgot to mention my forthcoming chapter on Buffy, Theology, and Critical Race Theory in the Joss Whedon And Religion work by McFarland that’s also forthcoming.

Whether it’s New Testament scholar James McGrath and his current works on Religion and Science fiction: a book I would recommend for starters, or Celucien Joseph’s and others new focus on Black theology and The Harlem Renaissance, I think it is very important for academics to work with popular culture. Now, there are many roads a scholar can take. It can be science fiction, comic books (I prefer both), others choose music, and even sports. The importance of connecting scholarly work with pop culture is to break down abstract theories we get from the Ivory Tower and make them concrete and relevant so that everyday people (meaning, not interested or not involved in the Academy) can know what’s going on and even put these ideas into practice.

Today, Amanda Mac asked What Would the Church Look Like If More Pastors Had PhDs?, and I think that if there were more PhDs in the pulpit, or even in Congress, engaging pop culture would be a way to be both relevant and practical.

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