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The Armchair Theologian

A New Postmodern Humanism? 

Rorty.jpgToday I’ve been reading David Boulton’s The Trouble with God: Religious Humanism and the Republic of Heaven. The book possesses lots of fascinating talking points, but I keep on finding myself returning to the same sentence: ‘(humanism) needs to be more generous and imaginative in its response to the rich range of religious culture, ranking Blake’s Imagination no lower than Winstanley’s Reason. It needs to catch up with postmodernity, if not postmodernism in extending its radical scepticism towards religion, to include a no less radical scepticism towards ideas of progress, science and objective ethics. It needs to become more radically atheist in rejecting not just the deification of imagined gods but equally dangerous deification of humanity’ (pp. 188-9). What are the chief consequences of Boulton’s radical enterprise of postmodern reconstruction? In his brilliant book Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989) the American philosopher…

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Oddkin's Thoughts

 “What did you talk about in Sunday school today?” the mother asked her young son. “Sex,” the boy replied. “Really?” said the mother, blushing a bit. “What did you learn?”

“I learned that sex is dirty and sinful,” the boy said, “and that we should save it for someone we love enough to marry.”

This is a joke, of course; but like most jokes, it contains an element of truth.

For most of its history, the Christian church has had an ambivalent relationship with sexuality; and I assume this is probably true for most other religions as well.

On the one hand, the church has always recognized the necessity of sex for procreation; and it has often seen in marriage a symbol of the relationship between God and humanity.

Yet the church has also had a tendency to treat sex as something basically dirty or impure, to be avoided as…

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Happy birthday, Myrtle Solomon (June 9, 1921 – April 22, 1987)! ‪#‎Feminist‬. ‪#‎Pacifist‬. From 1965 to 1972, Myrtle was General Secretary of the Peace Pledge Union (PPU), a British pacifist organization. From 1975 to 1986 she was Chairperson of War Resisters International. Involved in a long-term relationship with fellow pacifist/suffragist Sybil Morrison.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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