Rooted + Radical

Exploring faith from the margins of culture

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There are communities and groups in the past whose voices were undoubtedly suppressed by an anxious and often unscrupulous [Church] hierarchy — women, Gnostics, Celts, if you will; but that they were suppressed does not mean that they were suppressed for believing what [contemporary skeptics] believe…. Whatever we may want to say about them, we need to be cautious about regarding them as forerunners of a liberal and enlightened faith fitted for the contemporary market…. If we are to learn from any such suppressed or disadvantaged voices, we must first let them be themselves; they are at least as strange as any ‘orthodox’ voices from the past.
Rowan Williams (via wesleyhill)

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It is not particularly original to observe that, in the dissolution of Christendom, Europe retained the body while America inherited the spirit; but one sometimes wonders whether for “spirit” it would not be better to say “poltergeist.”
David Bentley Hart (via naminganimals)

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When Jesus expels demons and heals the sick, he is driving out of creation the powers of destruction, and is healing and restoring created beings who are hurt and sick. The lordship of God, to which the healings witness, restores creation to health. Jesus’ healings are not supernatural miracles in a natural world. They are the only truly ‘natural’ thing in a world that is unnatural, demonized and wounded… . Finally, with the resurrection of Christ, the new creation begins, pars pro toto, with the crucified one.

Jürgen Moltmann

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I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.
Flannery O’Connor (via azspot)

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The cross is shock therapy for a world addicted to solving its problems through violence. The cross shocks us into the devastating realization that our system of violence murdered God! The things hidden from the foundation of the world have now been revealed. The cross shames our ancient foundation of violence. The cross strips naked the principalities and powers. The cross tears down the façade of glory that we use to hide the bodies of slain victims.
Brian Zahnd (via azspot)

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