Confronting The Enemy

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

Logos v. logos

Logos v. logos The 1970s was a fertile time for fresh expressions within youth sub cultures and alongside the more familiar names was spawned a group that did not simply become the most dominant, but ended up transcending them all as they became the mainstream itself. During the seventies, English football teams found themselves regularly playing in Europe and the fans who travelled with them … Continue reading Logos v. logos

Reading the Riot Act

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

Seditious Surveillance

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

Life Before Death?

Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes in British cinema during the 1990s was the opening to the film Trainspotting. For those who have not seen the segment, and as a reminder for those who have, we are shown a slightly built scruffy skinhead called Renton running, full pelt, down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile while being energetically pursued by two store detectives. The scene gains its … Continue reading Life Before Death?

The Madness is the Message

The Madness is the Message Cognisant of the complexion of post modernity, we may be forgiven for thinking that we are not as comfortable as we once were with the idea that some experiences in life may bring revelation, awakening and profound and lasting change. Nevertheless, science, political ideology and the arts all provide us with spheres where we find claims of such profound encounters … Continue reading The Madness is the Message

An analogous case…

I have been asked to share a little more about the imaginative process I employed to bring the subjects of punk and the life of Christ together. The following is a post dedicated to explaining just what I did. Imaginative Reidentification In his excellent book Discipleship and Imagination: Christian Tradition and Truth, David Brown explores how some biblical narratives have impacted our comprehension and practice … Continue reading An analogous case…

Seditious Theology: Imaginative Re-Identification, Punk and the Ministry of Jesus

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, 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