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Vote for these Bibliobloggers

In honor of the mid-term elections coming up, like tomorrow, and in order to remind you to vote or stay home (especially if you are an Anabaptist like Chad), here is a list of offices that our very own bibliobloggers are campaigning for. Please get out the vote or stay home, just do not complain about the results.

Jeremy Thompson: Jeremy is running for the honorable office of Dog Catcher for the state of Louisiana. He promises to collect as much canine feces as possible to use as the New Orleans Saints running game.

Halden Doerge: Running for Ambassador to Basel, Switzerland. In the hopes of making the world a more peaceable place, Halden’s goal is to find the ghost of Karl Barth so that he may teach all of those Barthians how to read his works correctly (and in context).

Brian LePort: Brian wants your vote as Ambassador to the Vatican. Given the fact he does not celebrate Reformation Day and all.

Joel Watts: Joel is running far behind in his efforts to become Vice President. Please vote for Joel, because he loves being in the number 2 spot. Plus, no one from West Virginia has ever been elected to the Blair House or White House.  🙂

Christian Salafia: Seeking re-election as Chief of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Christian seeks to bring back prohibition in all of its glory. This includes a repeal of the 21st Amendment.

Craig Falvo: Craig wants your vote for Senior Librarian of the Do-Gooder Library of Congress.  He promises to eliminate all of the books on social justice and add a Glenn Beck section to every local library by October 2o12, just in time for the presidential election.

James McGrath: Vote for James McGrath, as the next curator for the 6-Day Creation Museum.  He will work with Ken Ham to bring Christians together.

Roland Boer: As the leading expert in sausage manufacturing, Roland wants to be elected as the head of the Food and Drug Administration.

Down Is Up: John Milbank's Radical Orthodoxy Project


Recently, theologian John Milbank of Radical Orthodoxy (don’t bother to ask, just read the title as a contradiction in terms) wrote an article on the relationship between Christianity with the Enlightenment and Islam.  Apparently, it is with great regret that the Christian European empires fell and “allowed” nations such as India, Pakistan, and Algeria to overthrow the colonizers: “This surely has to do with the lamentably premature collapse of the Western colonial empires (as a consequence of the European wars) and the subsequent failure of Third World national development projects, with the connivance of neo-colonial, purely economic exploitation of poorer countries.”  I am sure of course, that Christian orthodoxy has always been for some time now affiliated with an apology for the existence human oppression.  Milbank’s Radical Orthodoxy project is radical in the sense that it is a radical RE-interpretation of Christian history, especially the past two hundred years. He claims in the article that Roman Catholicism found itself allied with the ideals of the Enlightenment, the 17th/18th century philosophies of the John Lockes, the Edmund Burkes, and Benjamin Franklins of those days. However, he is forgetting one crucial element: the evidence, especially the Roman Catholic theological texts contradicts his arguments. In fact, even an amatuer reader of history would know that even as late as the late 19th century, with Vatican I, Catholicism rejected modernity.  I do not see how it is feasibly possible to defend Milbank’s position, but I digress.

It seems as if Milbank desires to see the Muslim world in the image of European-style high-church Christianity of a generic stereotype, mystical and sacramental.  The article definitely reeks of Orientalism and racial hegemony, regardless of one’s theological disagreements with Islam.   I can only hope, with the likes of Adam Kotsko and Halden Doerge that future theorists within the Radical Orthodoxy movement challenge cultural assumptions such as these.

But what’s the point of agreeing with this post? I am coming from a radically subjective angle……..

Halden wrote some excellent pieces on Radical Orthodoxy here and here.

For my critique of the Radical Orthodoxy movement, see the first chapter of my thesis, Beyond Liberated.

Sunday Amens: Movies, Bloggers, and Community

Perhaps the quest for a community in which we can participate is probably the defining journey in a Christian’s life.  This community can come in many forms: political, economic, on-line, scholarly, etc. For being honest with his journey, Brian LePort deserves a Sunday Amen.

One of our popular posts from this week was the one on the rise of vampires in the US American entertainment industry. It is not the stories per se, but the re-imagined folklore that vampires have come to represent that seems to be more eerie than anything else. A Sunday Amen goes to Halden Doerge for linking to the best review of the vampire hype, ever.

Lastly, a Sunday Amen must be given out to Kurk Gayle who has returned from a short hiatus to blog once more. I can’t wait to see what conversations we’ll have.