AFL Blog Week 5 Part 2: Doubt And Meaning

Tuesday’s reading come from another popular theologian in Christian Academia, Paul Tillich, in which he touches on the place and importance of doubt in one’s faith. He critiques mysticism a bit saying, “Mysticism does not take seriously the concrete  and the doubt concerning the concrete. It plunges directly into the ground of being and meaning, and leaves the concrete, the… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 5 Part 1 – Bonhoeffer and “Religionless Christianity”

Monday’s reflection comes from some excerpts offered by the great Dietrich Bonhoeffer – one of most influential and meaningful protestant theologians of the 20th century. If you don’t know Bonhoeffer, he was a German Lutheran minister who lived during WWII and was one of the strongest opponents of the Nazi party, and one of the strongest critics of the church… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 4 Part 4: Freud and the Illusion of Religion

Today’s AFL content was a whole chapter from Sigmund Freud’s book, The Future of an Illusion in which he describes religion as an illusion that acts to answer all of life’s hardest questions.  Here’s Peter Rollins’ write up about Freud: Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud remains as one of the giants of… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 4 Part 1: Where Ludwig Feuerbach and I Disagree

Who is this Ludwig Feuerbach? He was a philosopher who lived 1804-1872 and influenced some other dudes you may have heard of; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles. He wrote a book called The Essence of Christianity in which he asserts that God is just something people have projected to be real. He says, “Man first unconsciously and involuntarily creates God in his… Read more →

AFL Blog Week 3 Part 4: Human Will and God’s Will

So, again we have excerpt from a famous Christian mystic, this time a woman,  Marguerite Porete (1248/1250 – 1310), who was eventually deemed a heretic and was burned at the stake for not changing her views and for not removing her book from circulation. The excerpt comes from this book and, well it doesn’t seem all that heretical to me, but of… Read more →