Philip Clayton

Theology After God – Enfolding Theology Conference

Scot McKnight suggests a New Year’s Resolution: Let’s have better conversations. He abridged a series of posts he put together a few years ago, before he moved to Patheos for his blog. Read More

Embodied Theologies: A Brief Review of Transforming Christian Theology for Church and Society by Philip Clayton

Before my friend Greg “left the building” – that is the Christian faith – we had some compelling discussions about “personhood” and faith. Interestingly we still have some of those conversations but recognizably different. Though we referenced different branches on the Christian tree, it was not long before we both relayed how it seemed the particular theologies we grew out of found the practice of the faith almost secondary to belief – read, ascent.

Too often our conversations trailed to shock turned numbness as we heard of habits and practices that did not comport with what we knew of Jesus in the Scriptures. The actions that got our attention were less about one’s personal sensibilities offered under the banner of Christian morality and more to the manner others considered “sinners” were treated. What troubled us most is that while Jesus engaged people who seemed in great need of his love and care despite the intolerance of the religious people of his day among many today Jesus’ habits seemed not simply a distant practice but something of the opposite occurred. Total separation was applauded and judgment hoped for.

How the Church treats the new lepers became a chief concern. We talked about an embodied faith. That is a way of living the life of Jesus in real time not just in our cerebral chambers. Read More

Theological Education Has (Not) Left the Building – TAG10

For sometime I have followed the mantra, “Leaders Are Always Learners.” One corollary that I follow is that we should be willing to learn from everyone. James K.A. Smith in his essay “The Church, Christian Scholars and Little Miss Sunshine,” in The Devil Reads Derrida: And Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts, contends,

It [following a hermeneutic of charity] will also require us to spend more time with our (dysfunctional) faith families, and to own up to the fact that we’re one of “them” – that, in fact, there’s no “us” and “them,” there’s just “us.” (p.xvii.)

In a recent podcast Trevin Wax suggested evangelicalism is likely to continue to fragment. Funny, Bill J. Leonard wrote that about Southern Baptists in 1991. Nary a religious denomination escapes the impulse to divide. Just take some time to read of the various inter-Nicene conflicts. Read More

Theoblogging Mashup – Philip Clayton and Harve Cox

mashupimageCross-pollination. Intersections. Peanut butter and chocolate. Theology and Science. Faith and Culture. Right and Left. Clayton and Cox. Here at The Edge of the Inside we never shy away from reading divergent opinions and engaging different perspectives. Just last week we mashed a little N.T. Wright with Derrida in the Thoughts from the Edge podcast. Divergent positions sometimes cast light in places we would never look.

Philip Clayton and Harvey Cox both have new books out and they are taking them out on tour. One of the blog tour stops will be here at The Edge of the Inside, but as you can see below they will be making their rounds over the next month until they wrap things up in Montreal at the American Academy of Religion‘s annual meeting. There they will be joined by an illustrious panel including Eric Gregory, Bruce Sanguin, Serene Jones, Frank Tupper, and Andrew Sung Park to share a ‘Big Idea’ for the future of the Church. These ‘Big Ideas’ will be video tapped and shared, so be on the look out for live footage from the last night of the tour.

Philip’s new book is Transforming Christian Theology for Church & Society and Harvey’s is The Future of Faith. Both are worth checking out at one of the many tour stops. If you can’t wait you can listen to them interview each other. Enjoy the blogging!

Joseph Weethee , Jonathan Bartlett, The Church Geek, Jacobâ??s Cafe, Reverend Mommy, Steve Knight, Todd Littleton, Christina Accornero, John David Ryan, LeAnn Gunter Johns, Chase Andre, Matt Moorman, Gideon Addington, Ryan Dueck, Rachel Marszalek, Amy Moffitt, Josh Wallace, Jonathan Dodson, Stephen Barkley, Monty Galloway, Colin McEnroe, Tad DeLay, David Mullens, Kimberly Roth, Tripp Hudgins, Tripp Fuller, Greg Horton, Andrew Tatum, Drew Tatusko, Sam Andress, Susan Barnes, Jared Enyart, Jake Bouma, Eliacin Rosario-Cruz, Blake Huggins, Lance Green, Scott Lenger, Dan Rose, Thomas Turner, Les Chatwin, Joseph Carson, Brian Brandsmeier, J. D. Allen, Greg Bolt, Tim Snyder, Matthew L. Kelley, Carl McLendon, Carter McNeese, David R. Gillespie, Arthur Stewart, Tim Thompson, Joe Bumbulis, Bob Cornwall

This Tour is Sponsored by Transforming Theology DOT org!