Monday, January 22, 2007

Reading How (Not) to Speak of God: Introduction

Over the next weeks, I am going to attempt to work through Peter Rollins' How (Not) to Speak of God. Everywhere I go in the blogosphere people are raving about this book. Having now read the book, I’m ready to join them. As I read through it I repeatedly thought, “yes, yes, yes!” I also quickly knew I would need to read it twice. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to read it a little at a time and reflect on it here.

A couple rave reviews to get you excited:

“I am a raving fan of the book you are holding. I loved reading it. I have already begun widely recommending it. In fact, I would say this is one of the two or three most rewarding books of theology I have read in ten years.”
- Brian McLaren

“Here in pregnant bud is the rose, the emerging new configuration, of a Christianity that is neither Roman nor Protestant, neither Eastern nor monastic; but rather is the re-formation of all of them. Here, in pregnant bud, is third-millennium Christianity.”
- Phyllis Tickle

Have you ever read such enticing reviews?!

How (Not) to Speak of God is divided into two distinct sections. Part I is the theory – the theological and philosophical framework for the book. Part II is the practice – it describes ten real-life “church services" (Rollins calls them “theodrama[s]”), which seek to put the theory into practice. I love this structure. Rollins appears committed to theology that works itself out in real life – in addition, theology that is intrinsically connected to the church.

One last word for today. Actually a few words, from Rollins himself. After referencing those who find God so infinitely “other” that we cannot speak of him at all, and those who propose to have God figured out quite completely, Rollins bridges the divide and states the following:

“That which we cannot speak of is the one thing about who and to whom we must never stop speaking.”

Look for more next Monday.

Others in this series:
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5


Bob H said...

Thanks for the post. I'll check out the book.

Rishi said...

You've certainly got me interested.

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