Interactions With Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate, Terry Eagleton, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, 185 pp.
I had generally felt uninterested in the recent spate of neoatheistic publications, including The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, and God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens. Both books and the “God Debate” are the focus of the book under discussion. In 2010, Eagleton, a noted literary critic and theoretical Marxist, is slated to give the most prestigious series of theological lectures in English today: The Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, on “The God Debate”, that will continue his probing this theme. With Eagleton’s offering, I suddenly realized how vital to our very humanity this discussion is! What, if after all, both the dilemma of the human condition and its solution cut far more deeply than the best offerings of secular good works done by say the International Red Cross, the Canadian International Development Agency, or the American Peace Corps? What if, after all, most of the Christian West with its early inversion of the Cross into ultimate symbol of violence, the Sword, was massively unfaithful to humanity’s ultimate destiny of peace that Judeo-Christian Scripture knows as the Kingdom of God? This publication raises these issues exquisitely and much more. To read the rest of this article, download the pdf file here: Download Book Review of Reason, Faith, and Revolution
far too long perfectionism has been the hand over my mouth muzzling the
truthful confession that I believe will prove to be another significant
demarcation in my following of Jesus, my friend and Lord.
"I am a sinner."
have sinned and fallen short..." is not some nonchalant, politically
correct excuse I use, but a celebratory song that I sing. A song, like
a knife, that has a melody which cuts through the clouded piety my own
thoughts, ideas and assumptions.
I fall short.
It's easier to live in a vacuum where my throne room - with my idols, with my absolutes - is controllable...manageable.
Yet, pinching my heart is another way. Truly foreign to my ways, is a way of love.
Recently I was speaking with a pastor
whose political views I would describe as “God and Country zealotry.”
In the course of our conversation, which had taken its typical political
turn, he said, “We must defend Freedom, Democracy and Capitalism in
the name of Christ.”
That is quite a claim. But is it true?
Must Rousseau freedom, Jeffersonian democracy and Laissez-faire capitalism
be defended in the name of Christ? Let’s think about it for a moment.
Freedom. It’s the promise of every
empire. It's what Rome and all the rest promise. And it's always what
we go to war for. Freedom. Political Freedom. Economic Freedom. Individual
Freedom. “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” The vocabulary
of patriotic fervor. As if there were no Freedom until Jeffersonian
democracy arrived on the scene. So what was Jesus talking about? Jesus
and Paul seemed to have a thing or two to say about Liberty and Freedom,
but they never breathed a word about political democracy or economic
capitalism. Have we been seduced by the blandishments of empire? America
may be a kinder, gentler Babylon, maybe the kindest, gentlest Babylon
there's ever been (though native Americans and African slaves may beg
to differ, not to mention the civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
Be that as it may, America is still a Babylon. And as such it has nothing
to do with the kingdom of Christ…other than to be a rival.
Archbishop Puhalo is now releasing mp3 audio files with teaching series on such topics as the reasonableness of faith. The following link provides an introduction to the series and the service in general.