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Two Must Read Posts On Religion and Scholarship


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Europe religion map en-1- (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As a Christian who enjoys thinking critically and reading texts outside my own tradition and belief system, I find it quite difficult to find safe spaces, both IRL and on-line to find a community that engages in such inquiry, questions related to race and religion.  For some time now, there’s a small community I have been a part of, that at first seemed to be safe, without the overbearing threat of becoming “mainstream,” or made more suitable to market interests and hegemony. Recent decisions and events by this group have made me more suspicious about the move towards working to be accepted by “the mainstream” but I did not have the words to frame my concerns until today.

From Janice Rees,

“It seems however, that more probing questions need to be asked about institutional power and the oligopoly of ‘minoritised scholarship’. In the commodification of theological education and scholarship, the ongoing claims of ‘global theology’ – that is, the drawing of minoritised scholars to the centres of power – begin to look more like economically motivated strategies of homogenisation than attempts to diversify voices.”

I think in other words, talks of a “global theology” much like the rhetoric that promotes higher education to make high schoolers into “global citizens” is just a reflection of the not-so-free marketplace. This is something I will continue to think about, but for now, I would recommend you read the rest: O Sister, Where Art Thou?

The other post I would recommend is one that has implications for the study of race and religion as well:

“But people largely imagine North America as this timeless place and don’t recognize that pre-contact American history had just as much of an effect on post-contact history because it provides explanations of the motivations and reasonings behind indigenous peoples’ actions.

But of course, that would require people to recognize that indigenous people had their own histories and agendas and agency that affected the course of history rather than making them a passive recipient of European historical force.”

Read the rest: What If People Told European History Like They Told Native American History?

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All Women X-Men Team? #MarvelNow Now Has My Attention!


Psylocke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DC Comics has its Birds Of Prey, you know, the one and only Birds of Prey, because no one does it better than the Birds of Prey.

Today, Marvel has announced as part of Marvel Now (the reboot like DC’s New 52), that X-Men will be an all female cast, including half of the cast as persons of color (Psylocke, Jubilee, and Storm).

My interest is piqued. I know I have thrown a lot of shade Marvel’s way, and rightfully so, but I could see myself becoming an X-Men fan again, you know, if it doesn’t become “the cult of Hugh Jackman/Wolverine.”

I’m glad to see Psylocke back and less objectified. She was a child-hood favorite, yes, her and Colossus after Nightcrawler.

What are your thoughts? Is Marvel Now headed in the right direction?

For more, read All Female X-Men team Coming: SuperHeroHype

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Quip of the Day: Why I Don't Believe Men Should Be Ordained As Bishops

Cover of "The Screwtape Letters"

Cover of The Screwtape Letters

A few weeks ago, there was all this bruhaha over the Anglican church narrowly voting against ordaining women as bishops. Amanda posted her thoughts and recognized soft-complimentarian Mike Bird for his thoughts who suggested, “Women bishops are inevitable.”

I would like to make a few points. I am all for women being ordains as pastors and ministers, just as full heartedly as I am for men as well. I do not support women being picked for bishops, or men for that matter! Why would that be? Because I am a Baptist, and I believe as a faithful Protestant in the priesthood of all believers. I live in the state of Texas, where even the Catholics behave with a certain neoconservative Southern Baptist swagger that’s easy to spot. Some may say it comes down to my biblical interpretation, and that it is subjective in nature. While I would call that crazy talk, I think one only need to glance at both recent history and church history in the past: parochial church structures are just as chaotic (if not more so) as congregational churches.

One typical anti- “low” church perspective and argument comes from the likes of C.S. Lewis, who claimed to believe in a “Mere Christianity” (only slightly tinged with high church conservative Anglican biases) to completely distorting the congregational principle in The Screwtape Letters, Jesus desires (according to Lewis through the words of Screwtape) “the parochial organization” because it brings “a unity of place and not of likings, it brings people of different classes and psychology together” (see chapter 16). Meanwhile, as many Christians do, Lewis argued that the free church tradition is the church of the social clubs, the cliques, etc. How can anyone honestly read anything about Christian history and affirm this as true? And let’s talk about how problematic the high church/low church dichotomy is too, should we not? Such a division reflects a logic that allows for the continuation of top/down gender hierarchies, even in the form of “soft complementarianism!” There is no high church nor low church, but “THE CHURCH” and what I don’t know about you and what that means, but “the Church” for me only means that group of people who have in history confessed Jesus as LORD and Justifier and live their lives for causes of justice.

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