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Christian Universalism: Hegemony Divinized

A Possible Interpretation

Hegemony: “the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group”

Joel continues his proud posts on universalism and how God is love and if God love everyone (blah blah blah) God will save everyone (yada yada).  For the record, I do not consider universalism to be a heresy; just a misreading of Christian tradition, Scripture, and a habitual tendency to separate God’s love from God’s justice.  But as a theologian who is dedicated to justice, I do not see a reason why universalism is protected from a just critique.  So, here is my theory:

In universalism, God super-imposes HIS (yes, his, because universalism as a see it favors the very phallocentric, Enlightenment perspective of a universal destiny) love on all of humanity, even those who continue to reject God, or a higher power/the big  Transcendent in general.  Never one have I heard universalists talk about justice since it is sort of a shibboleth when it comes to discussing the end times for them. To believe that everyone, in the end, will wind up in the same place really means this: they will all have to, by necessity, either make the same religious choices as I argued in my Fanon and universalism piece or that it is by God’s predetermination from the beginning that everyone is “saved and sanctified.” Universalism is predestination with a smile on its face.

It is my belief that Christianity is at its best when it works as both a counter-hegemonic force as well as a community that seeks to transcend the counter-hegemonic/hegemonic divide.  For more on my views, see here.

P.S.: I understand that there are some Christians on the biblioblogosphere who see hegemony as a good thing, and that’s okay, too. Just know, God still loves you.

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My Sabbatical from the Academy So Far

I have decided given the recent circumstances the past six months or so, that it is in my best interest to take at least a year off from the Academy, i.e., no PhD applications or what not.  Along the way, I have learned a few things about myself.

1. I have once again become a fan of Science fiction, both novels and television, thanks in large part to the now defunct series, Caprica. I honestly had once lost my faith in Science fiction genre, starting all the way back to Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek Voyager. But now, I find myself trying to catch up with Battle Star Galactica (starting from the late 1970s) as well as the Green Lantern story with the help of Optimistic Chad.

2. I have discovered that, at this time, I am becoming less and less generous with thinkers that I disagree with. Thus, my multiple posts criticizing John Milbank (even though I was civil) as well as my comments concerning the Father of Super-Orthodoxy Karl Barth elsewhere in the theoblogosphere as well as on Twitter a few times this week.

3. Lastly, I think to find where I am theologically and politically, I see myself as “sipping the Kool-Aid” of post-colonial theory which some Super-Orthodox Christians consider to be poisonous.  It’s definitely a time to discover who I do not agree with, who I am not, and why. Sadly, I have fallen behind on my reading of the Church Fathers and Mothers, but that can wait as I try to read up more on Science Fiction and Black literary works.  A working theological  paradigm I see being constructed is a more Wesleyan/Arminian/Free Will, liberationist Christian worldview with sympathies to the Holiness and Baptist Free church traditions, with a non-violent,  anti-imperial and libertarian politics. I see this not only as some of the ideas that I adhere to, but also an appropriate counter-narratival response to what I see in theological studies which is currently the dominion of so-called “high-Church,” communitarians, Anabaptists and Calvinists who focus on hegemony, I mean uh, unity and the sacrament of  the Eucharist as the answer to all social problems. I realize that as both an African-American as well as principled libertarian, I remain on the margins of the academy (both liberal/mainline and conservative/evangelical).

And I would have it no other way.

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