Subverting the Norm

subvert-calvinI just received confirmation that I will be presenting at a conference this April! Information for it is here: SubvertingTheNorm.

My presentation is called “When the Hedonism of Heaven Expires: Towards Reifying an Expansive Concept of History”. It will be a look at how concepts of language and history are ‘open’ rather than closed systems of limitations. I’ll be using W. Benjamin and L. Wittgenstein’s philosophies as starting points and tying them together with some reflections on G. Agamben.

The finalized schedule should be posted on STNs website soon, but it looks like there will be a lot of interesting things discussed!

Here is a little blurb about the conference in general:

SUBVERTING THE NORM is a two-day event that brings together pastors, theologians, philosophers, church practitioners, researchers in religion and all those interested in exploring the relationship between postmodern theologies and the church. Some of the questions we’ll consider include:

Can the actually existing churches speak meaningfully and persuasively to those who aren’t so sure about the supernatural or the magical or the metaphysical, which includes the fastest growing religious demographic in North America, the “nones,” those with no formal religious affiliation?

Can the church retain a viable role in a world where God is often viewed as a relic of the past, or as a grand Santa Claus in the sky, or perhaps even as a narcotic or neurosis that we’d do well to get rid of?

And if the churches are to be faithful to the revolutionary event that gave birth to Christianity, or if they are to recover their theological voice in a compelling and transformative way, is it possible to do so by listening to voices on the margins of the church, or outside of the church, including even those who might rightly pass for atheists? And perhaps more to the point, why are voices on the fringes of the church, or outside of the church, becoming more influential on church leaders and practitioners than the traditionally “orthodox” voices inside the churches?

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