Welcome to Seditious Theology! Over the past decade or so, I have slowly been fusing my interest in popular culture with my interest in theology. The driving force behind this has been to see quite how they relate to each other and whether, in turn, they may reveal fresh ways of looking at both. I confess that I have been lucky in that I have been able … Continue reading Welcome to Seditious Theology!
One of the aims of Seditious Theology was to allow others to contribute on things they were passionate about that had a seditious edge. Well, this month we have my good friend the Rev. Dr Sue Shooter. I used to share editorial duties with Sue at The Journal Of Practical Theology and we had many good chats on many good subjects. Here, Sue introduces us to a … Continue reading The Loudest Voice You’ve Never Heard?
A publishing phenomenon (ish) of recent years has been books listing things that are supposedly ‘crap’, or ‘shit’, or some other less than flattering term. The comedian Frankie Boyle even entitled his autobiography, as far as I am aware, ‘My Shit Life So Far’ (least said soonest mended). Indeed, you may have seen some of these titles on your bookshelf at home – Seditious Theology … Continue reading His shit life thus far…
With Easter here, I thought I would choose something a bit more topical. The post today is Patti Smith’s song, ‘Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)’ from her album Horses. ( If you do not have a copy I suggest you source one immediately – it’s that good, that important!) The only comment I shall pass is that the first line is: ‘Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not … Continue reading Stop, Look & Listen No.5
Morning everybody Interesting subject this week and one that brings us back to music and lyrics. I want us to revisit the song ‘I Am The Resurrection’ by The Stone Roses. As usual, I am not going to say too much other than it is a strange and, I suspect, rather knowing and deliberate use of the line ‘I am the resurrection and I am the life’. A … Continue reading Stop, Look & Listen – No.4
This week’s work is entitled Immersion (Piss Christ) and is by the artist Andres Serrano. The work is more usually called just, Piss Christ. It was created in 1987 and depicts a small plastic crucifix completely submerged in a glass of Serrano’s own urine. It was part of an ongoing project that he was engaged in whereby he would take a classical statuette and immerse it … Continue reading Stop, Look & Listen – No.3
This week, we have a slightly more radical subject to consider. Francis Bacon’s triptych, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. I confess that for most of my life I have never really ‘got’ Bacon’s work. It was always just a little too angular and the use of colour pushed me back rather than drew me in – and not in the good way. However, some time … Continue reading Stop, Look & Listen – No. 2
For those of you familiar with Seditious Theology, you will know that one of the core aims of the site is to take a fresh look at expressions to be found within the arts. This ‘look’ is done secure in the knowledge that no poem, painting, song, lyric or piece of music carries just one sole obvious meaning as dictated by the originator. They are all capable of being interpreted anew and … Continue reading Stop, Look & Listen – No. 1
Some time back, a good friend of mine shared a quote he had recently encountered in the writings of Rabbi Irving Greenberg. It read: ‘No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children’. This made rather an impact on me. It gave voice to something that I had quietly felt for quite some time – … Continue reading No statement, theological or otherwise…
Having spent a disproportionate amount of my time at football matches during the 1980s (Chelsea, Millwall and Crystal Palace) and a disproportionate amount of time in churches during the 1990s (Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic) it has, over the years, dawned on me that while these social spaces and the practices found within could be described as the proverbial Chalk & Cheese, on further investigation they … Continue reading Confronting The Enemy