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 Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion – Stop, Look & Listen – 3
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?
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 Piss Christ
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…
For this post, I need to harness considerable restraint. The drive to tell you that if you have never heard Led Zeppelin you absolutely need to (and with the greatest of urgency at that) sounds a bit overblown. But, there you go, I’ve said it. Time to focus on just one song that nicely sits within the world of Seditious Theology. I want to highlight … Continue reading ‘In My Time Of Dying’
Reading the Riot Act With the summer soon upon us, some thoughts will turn to the likelihood of witnessing that occasional British pastime of rioting. Such cultural events are arguably inexcusable in modern Britain but, with a little reflection, they may contain some interesting and informative points. The most recent reference point we have are the riots of 2011 where we saw the spectacle of barely … Continue reading Reading the Riot Act
The following post is by Dr Eric Stoddart from St Andrews University, one of the country’s leading experts in the field of theology and surveillance. I need say nothing here. His excellent work speaks for itself. Seditious Surveillance It is one of the many ironies of contemporary surveillance cultures that a person makes themselves more visible when avoiding surveillance. Sending encrypted emails or using anonymous … Continue reading Seditious Surveillance
Sedition: ‘3. Conduct or language inciting people to rebellion…’ The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993). As this is the first post on seditioustheology.com, I thought I would start by addressing some of the questions that I get asked on the subject. Q. Where did the term Seditious Theology stem from? Some years ago I had a conversation with Trevor Hart, … Continue reading Seditious Theology: Imaginative Re-Identification, Punk and the Ministry of Jesus