Category Archives: colonialism

Kony, New (White) Activism, and Playing in the Dark (Continent?)

Instead of discussing “Kony 2012” directly, I want to quickly look at one peculiar defense of it. Recently, Brian McLaren defended Kony 2012 and Invisible Children, saying Advertisements

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Why Christians Hate The “Religion” They Invented

I wanted to avoid adding another commentary to the now ubiquitous “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” video. But it keeps being posted and reposted, despite a fairly obvious objection to it: only Christians of a certain kind think … Continue reading

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Pacifism and Violence: Two More Thoughts on Why I’m not a Pacifist

I’ve appreciated the feedback and conversations on my previous post on pacifism. Please keep them coming–as I said, I’m not settled where I am but more recognizing where I am not any more (or where I never was). I mentioned … Continue reading

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Race & Religion, a further thought

Religion is Desire and not struggle for recognition. E. Levinas My “blogging” time has been spent commenting over at the AUFS book event (here’s a link to the most recent post discussion) on J. Kameron Carter’s book, Race: a Theological Account. … Continue reading

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Dead-Africa, Global Charity, and Neo-Colonial Power

The Theology and Critical Race theory facebook page recently posted this article on how, despite improvements, Western media and NGO’s still portray Africa as desperately impoverished, backwards, and teetering on the verge of death and collapse. The article considers various … Continue reading

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Barth, Literature, Religion and Death

As of late, I’ve returned to the questions that have generally been preoccupying me: religion, colonialism/racism, and death. I’ve started reading Barth again, on the atonement. I’m also trying to explore these themes in literature (thus continuing some of the … Continue reading

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Secular Dogmatics? (Continuing thoughts on Fanon as Theologian)

At the beginning of his enormous Church Dogmatics, Karl Barth argues that theology can and should consider itself “a science.” As someone shaped by interdisciplinary studies, I found myself a bit suspicious–who cares if it is “a science?” Nevertheless, Barth … Continue reading

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Theology, Beauty, and Race (a couple thoughts)

I’m married to an artist, find myself in the company of various artists, and have a few friends studying theology and the arts. One of these friends recently posted a humble 9.5 theses on beauty–a mere tenth of Luther’s audacious … Continue reading

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Writing, Not Blogging (still more on religion and death)

Why do we adore The Slaughtered Ox? Because without our knowing it or wanting it, it is our anonymous humanity. We are not Christ, never Christ…no I will not speak of this. –H. Cixous I have not been blogging but … Continue reading

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Refusing to be Outsiders: Fanon, Islam, and the (White) Christian West

What’s all this about black people and a black nationality?  I am French.  I am interested in French culture, French civilization, and the French.  We refuse to be treated as outsiders; we are well and truly part of French history … Continue reading

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