Monthly Archives: September 2009

On Faith and Doubt

Thursday evening, Skyler (my wife) went to a healing service–not an Anglican, Book of Common Prayer type of service, but a charismatic, revivalist type of service. I stayed home, tired, still trying to adjust to my new job and not … Continue reading

Posted in doubt, faith, scripture | 6 Comments

Two Tongues Behind These Teeth: reading scripture beyond mastery

Sometimes it’s easier to begin with words that are not mine, but belong to another–foreign, in a sense. Outside (foris), on the other side of the door (fores), coming from a far and distant land. In a quotation, the outside … Continue reading

Posted in barth, cixous, scripture | Leave a comment

Scripture, Sinners, and the Fractured Anglican Church

I have spoken, frequently, of the sinful nature of the church and Christianity. I have posted a Barth quote on a few occasions: The “sum total of even the Christian religion is simply this, that it is idolatry and self-righteousness, … Continue reading

Posted in anglicanism, barth, carter, ethics, homosexuality, scripture | 2 Comments

Can I wear your clothes? (missions and alienation)

Portrait of Nicolas Trigault in Chinese Costume, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1617 The early Jesuit missionaries to China translated themselves into the native garb. As a religious order, they first wore buddhist robes, projecting an image as new, religious messengers. … Continue reading

Posted in barth, chidester, cixous, colonialism, identity, missions | 4 Comments