I have recently been reading a lot of James Cone’s work, and have been really enjoying it. I have had to write some papers on his work and thought I would post pieces of them here. Over the next few posts I’m going to try to provide an outline of his concept of theodicy. Although […]

Please forgive this brief preface:    This post is part of something larger…something much, much larger: a blog tour put together by Homebrewed Christianity meant to investigate and critique Clayton Crockett and Jeffrey Robbins’ recently published “Religion, Politics, and the Earth” (hereafter RPE). If you aren’t already familiar with their book, you can now become […]

What is the meaning of a painting? Let us confront this question by first contemplating how the search for a painting’s meaning functions; what does this type of understanding even look like? Must we interpret something before declaring it significant? Is meaning something that we think? The first major distinction to be made is the […]

No ordinary object insists on being taken for an ordinary thing, but an object that does so betrays itself by this very effort. The function of art in such a case is to reproduce the difference of art. – Niklas Luhmann . There are at least two qualities latent when regarding the problems of a […]

Although the definition of kenosis refers to a self-emptying, I find it unjust to restrict the concepts’ to a ‘loss’ or a ‘giving up’ in the negative sense.—I find this to lead to lazy theology that excludes possibility for becoming the seeming ‘other’. John the Baptist understood this concept in a constructive sense: “He must […]

Because a reductive account of being fails to account for emergence and self-organizing complex systems, an account of non-reductive physical causation is necessary for observing the intricacies of nature—such as humanity’s social abilities. Physical reductionism was a guiding principle for philosophy and science in the 20th century. As a theory, reductionism attempts to eliminate the […]

What could Jean Baudrillard possibly have had in mind when he casually quipped that, “art is no longer anything more than a kind of meta-language for banality”? Besides the fact that the idea of a meta-language is somewhat a pretentious notion, was art ever something more than an attempt to express the language of language? […]