Never Mind The Bollocks – Here’s Seditious Theology

‘You thought it’d gone away didn’t you? But it’s back, with a vengeance’. (With thanks to John Lydon for that opening.)

After far too long, Seditious Theology returns.

What began as an M.Litt. Dissertation that became a Ph.D. that became a book that became sections in books and papers and ultimately a web-site, now continues.

The one thing that will change is the approach to the entries. They will more be observations, connections and sometimes simply signposting to other works and music that perhaps fall under the umbrella of a Seditious Theology. (For example, the reason for the album cover is not only the link between the title of the posting but also because I think it is one of the best albums released in my lifetime.)

However, fear not. This will not be more of the ‘see how rude I can be and still love Jesus’ stuff or the ‘look, doesn’t this look just like something Jesus would do?’ school. You will be as likely to encounter ABBA or Rembrandt as you will The Sex Pistols or Damian Hirst and I’m not going to scrabble round trying to justify things – I want to leave things nice and open for the reader. Indeed, much of it may have nothing to do with religion or faith at all.

But just what is Seditious Theology?

At its simplest, ‘Sedition’ brings to mind actions or language that incite people to rebellion – to agitate against authority. It is one step on from subversion. This is not about undermining and contradiction; it is about overthrow and insurrection.

Theology, in this context, is taken as meaning ‘Faith Thinking’ (Faith Thinking, Rev. Prof. Trevor Hart, London, SPCK, 1995).

So, we have faith thinking in spaces of rebellion and maybe the actions or language of that faith inciting people to arise. Enough of the interpretation though!

When I gave a copy of Seditious Theology to my good friend Dr Eric Stoddart, he started his feedback by saying ‘It begs an awful lot of questions’, and it is that comment that provides the direction for this site (whether related to the work already done or the work to come).

So, I hope you enjoy what you encounter and I warmly encourage feedback and/or contributions.

Finally, does Seditious Theology have a rallying call to give us a start?

Let’s give this a try …

We’re the flowers in the dustbin, we’re the poison in your human machine.

(God Save The Queen, Sex Pistols)

MDJ

(Copyright 1977 Sex Pistols Residuals/Virgin Records Ltd.).

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