Deconstructing God -
I’ve been a longtime fan of Jack Caputo and Jacques Derrida, having first encountered them in college. But in the past few years, Caputo seems to be getting more esoteric and this interview is the latest example. The interviewer, Gary Gutting, seems completely unable to understand the thrust (if there is one) of what Caputo is trying to say.
Homebrewed Christianity has a couple of podcasts titled Derrida and Caputo in Actual Churches that I haven’t gotten around to, but probably will to see if there are any more clues to help me understand Caputo’s “weak theology.”
Love God, love others, and remember the poor; this was the unwavering mandate of the early church more than two thousand years ago. And this is our solidly biblical motivation for caring about climate change today. — Katharine Kayhoe & Andrew Farley, a climate for change: global warming facts for faith-based decisions, page 127.
We also need to recognize that we live in a fallen world. It didn’t begin that way. God created a world without pain, without sin, without death. One of the first things we learn about Adam and Eve is that through their actions, they altered the fate of the entire planet. In Romans 8:20-21, Paul tells us, “Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse” (NLT). When Adam sinned, it wasn’t just humans who fell. It was the planet as well. — Katharine Kayhoe & Andrew Farley, a climate for change: global warming facts for faith-based decisions, page 65.
Since the notion of character is typically (and erroneously) relegated to the noncognitive realm of human development, it seems to have little place in formal education. On the other hand, the forced trend in American public education today to “teach to the test” seems, many feel, to miss crucial dimensions of academic development such as critical thinking, artistic expression, creative imagination, heightened curiosity, and resilience. Through his own research of successful and failing schools, journalist Paul Tough broadens the notion of “character” to include curiosity and the ability to overcome failure — prime ingredients for educational success. — William P. Brown, Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature (via eerdblurbs)
I want our children to be steeped in this epic mentality. They can learn about the niceness of sharing from Caillou—but Frodo teaches the prior lesson: the difficulty and the importance of choosing right over wrong. Too many young people know how to be nice, but not why; they know how to be bourgeois, but not how to be good. — Brandon McGinley, Epic Mentality, Fare Forward.
Folio 9v from The Ormesby Psalter. Made in Norwich, East Anglia, England around 1300-1310.
MS Douce 366; Images from the Bodleian Library
The young-mans victory over the power of the Devil. Or, Strange and vvonderful news from the city of London; being a full and true relation of a vertuous young-man, who being but fifteen years of age, living in the parish of St. Giles’s, was wonderfully tempted by the Devil, 1693.
*EBB65H v.2 No. 321
Houghton Library, Harvard University