I’m trying the “vlog” thing again.
And I’m doing it while bed-ridden.
Apparently I’m trying to combine as many things that make me appear pathetic at the same time as possible. Hmm…Maybe one of our parishioners who saw me yesterday was right when they chortled that I must have somehow subconsciously willed myself to injury, for the sake of attention-getting.
(Actually I got to thinking that maybe, whenever we share ideas and opinions online, we should choose some sort of position of humility from which to type/make videos. Maybe if we were all supine, or prostrate, when we submitted our thoughts, we all wouldn’t be so quick to feel superior or judgmental, and remind us that our capacities are ultimately limited and broken. But I digress…)
Yesterday for Easter, Revolution in NYC hosted Peter Rollins and Tony Jones, presently two of the most influential voices in emerging/progressive/post-evangelical/etc. circles. The two “debated” (loosely defined) the meaning and hope of resurrection, and luckily for us, the entire thing was recorded. If you have 40 minutes or so today/tomorrow, be sure to check it out. It’s a great summary of what I perceive to be two of the most pertinent and commonplace positions in postmodern Christian philosophy.
[For those who want to know, it’s the postanalytic philosophical world now largely represented by Alasdair Macintyre as well as others, and the theistic turn in Continental postmodernity articulated, among others, by the followers of the noted deconstructionist Jacques Derrida. I throw this in just to say that, while many of you might listen to Jones and Rollins and immediately try to fit them into conservative/liberal camps, the divide between the two of them really isn’t as clear as one might think, and while there are similarities, the goals of the new philosophical conversation are quite different from the goals of the more typical modern (read: pre-post-modern) debate. ]
So today, you can take a look at my short(ish) response to the conversation, which is largely a 1) question and a 2) thought re: Rollins’ perspective (not to pick on him unfairly; considering that he could do gymnastics around me, intellectually-speaking… and considering that he has in fact helped me a great deal, despite limited exposure, to articulate my own thoughts).
Tomorrow (hopefully) I will share some more thoughts. Until then, be sure to check out the audio, and (so long as you promise not to find me too pitiful) video below: