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[20 Feb 2006|02:01am]

The Christian Radical is accepting articles for March's issue!

    This issue's theme is "Overturning the Tables of the Money Changers; Christianity and Economics".  Suggested topics include distributism, anti-capitalism, voluntary poverty, mutual aid, housing, debt and usury, and economics in the christendom 'empire'.  There is no set word limit for articles; as a recommendation, a good article should be between 400-700 words in length.

    Are you tired of the conservativism and fundamentalist approach of your congregations & denominations?  Do you have an opinion that you'd like to share with your peers?  By all means, please submit your articles and ideas to me at gloves@dkg99.com.  The submission cut-off date for the March issue is February 24th, though submissions for articles for future issues are always welcomed and appreciated!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them as a comment to this entry, or email me at gloves@dkg99.com

    Also, if you are interested in an online subscription to the Christian Radical, you may subscribe by sending an email to thechristianradical@gmail.com

God Bless,
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If you've recieved this more than once you've got an awsome social concience [10 Feb 2006|02:09pm]

Please forward widely


The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is calling on all its members and supporters to join a rally against hate and Islamophobia this weekend to protest the publication and distribution of deliberately racist and Islamophobic images in Denmark and around the world. Far from upholding the principle of freedom of speech, these images have targeted a community already experiencing increased racism, discrimination, harassment and, in some cases, violence since the tragic events of 9/11. In addition, these images have only helped to bolster a generalised Islamophobic sentiment that has been cultivated to justify the so-called 'war on terror.'

We make a special appeal to all our non-Muslim members and supporters to demonstrate to our friends in the Muslim community that they are not alone in their opposition to the distribution of such offensive and insensitive images. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is opposed to all forms of racism and has consistently mobilised against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism since we came together as a coalition. Join us on Saturday to show your support and solidarity.

Saturday, February 11
Danish Consulate
151 Bloor Street West
(east of Avenue Road)

Please note: the rally will take place on the NORTH side of the street, opposite the Danish Consulate.

Endorsed by
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

TCSW is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition,
comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organisations,
and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.
www.nowar.ca stopthewar@sympatico.ca
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catholic copyright [23 Jan 2006|04:11am]

Pope: Divine inspiration is copyrighted

The Pope has announced that henceforth, and retroactively, the "divinely inspired" words he utters and pens will be governed by copyright, and only publishable after permission is secured and royalties are paid to the church.

Publishers will have to negotiate a levy of between 3 per cent and 5 per cent of the cover price of any book or publication "containing the Pope's words". Those who infringe the copyright face legal action and a higher levy of 15 per cent.

The Union of Italian Catholic Publishers and Booksellers said that it had not been consulted, and that the edict "flies in the face of what we do -- spreading the Pope's message to the world".

A Vatican spokesman said that the Holy See had to defend itself against "pirated editions". The move is also aimed at "premature publication". Journalists accredited to the Vatican are handed papal texts under embargo. The Vatican said that if embargos were broken in future not only would the journalist face sanctions but also his or her publication would face legal action.

via boing boing
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[15 Jan 2006|02:50pm]

It's the midle of the month again and after a long break it's time for me to solicit for zine content. I'm looking for written pieces of 500-650 words each so I can make the first issue of the Christian Radical in 2006!

I'll accept anything that is of a religious/political nature dealing with topics ranging from Labour, Anarchism, Tactics and resistance movements, to book, zine or music reviews, to theology, ecclesial or scriptural comentary, exegesus, and edtorials. I am also looking for artwork in the form of pictures, drawings, and photo collage.

If you have anything to say about Liberation Theology, the Emerging Church movement, Christianity and Anarchy, Non-Violent Direct Action, Nuclear Abolition, Homosexuality and the Church, the works of mercy, the Catholic Worker movement, ploughshares activism, War, Peace, movement organizing, current events, eschatology, ANYTHING please write it down and send it to

the.christian.radical.zine at gmail dot com

You can also subscribe to the radical in PDF format by writing to

the.christian.radical at gmail.com

Please send all submissions as attachments written in microsoft word and include a short bio and any pertinent links/email adress that will be printed at the back of the zine.

I am always accepting submissions but especially at this time of the month. Your submissions keep this zine in print so please don't be shy about sending things in.

Submit now, submit often.

Many thanks,
Chris Rooney, Editor.
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Anne Rice [09 Jan 2006|11:29am]

Great story on Anne Rice - who has become seriously committed to Jesus Christ, and therefore - therefore, not nonetheless - holds humane, sensible, and loving beliefs.
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knowing [22 Nov 2005|02:43am]

"The real thing about evil," said the Witch at the doorway, "isn't any of what you said. You figure out one side of it--the human side, say--and the enternal side goes into shadow. Or vice versa. It's like the old saw; What does a dragon in its shell look like? Well no one can ever tell, for as soon as you break the shell to see, the dragon is no longer in its shell. The real disaster of this inquiry is that it is the nature of evil to be secret."
wicked 372

What religion really regards truth as desirable or fruitful to humanity? It was the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that undid Eden. And buddhists and hindus alike, and nearly all of Eastern philosophy, believe that knowledge rightfully leads to the obliteration of the knowing self into an undifferentiated, unknowing Tao. If evil is a secret then we are sinners for identifying it. In that sense, Christ died because because of what we know rather than what we do. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

My business is knowing and making things known. It is the business of humanity, in the long run, to do this. In some theories of physics, it is our ability to know that sustains the universe. Yet there is a god who, loving though It may be, will punish us, or avoid us, for presuming what is good and evil. For God is to be unparalleled in that regard. We were placed at the precipice of Free Will and are being shunned by Those who put us there for toppling over the edge. I really am not trying to be blasphemous, but if that is the case, I would like to know why. Why weren't we permitted flight when we stepped over the edge?
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us or them. for serious. [06 Nov 2005|02:32pm]

if this seems inappropriate ask me to chide myself for posting it. one can't be deep all the time, kids.
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"Christians" in the media. [03 Nov 2005|09:55am]

I am horrified and sad after watching Fox’s Trading Spouses last night. Did anyone else see this embarrassing travesty? (Video/audio link here: http://www.alldumb.com/item/17206/)

I turned on the TV for noise while I washed dishes (that was my first mistake) and I admit the plot of the show hooked me. The trade for this episode involved a hypnotherapist/ Unitarian woman trading homes with a conservative Christian woman. It seemed an interesting trade to see another side of life.

The hypnotherapist was portrayed as unconventional, a little weird and flighty but very accepting and interested in her new family. Of course, Fox edits things to make their footage as bizarrely entertaining as possible. But the footage of the "Christian" housewife was embarrassing (to say the least).

I understand this show is the equivalent of tabloid TV and it’s not a scientific social experiment by any means. But the so-called Christian woman, named Marguerite, was an intolerant bigot full of vitriol and fear. She shrieked, vomited and babbled incoherent prayers while shouting for strength from God. She seemed mentally ill on a deep level.

Her intolerance and hatred made me angry at first, until I realized her reaction was purely out of fear. Fear of demons, fear of hell, fear of God’s wrath coming down on her. She was rebuking everything in the name of the Lord, demanding to be taken to a church to pray because she had been in the same room as a man who claimed to be a psychic (for a full 10 seconds before she freaked out).

How can someone claim to love Christ and then miss the mark so badly? And on a selfish note, I am afraid of what this portrayal of a Christian on TV tells the general public about Christianity. People watch this show and form opinions about families and social groups. It adds one more reason that I’m deeply reluctant to talk about my faith with people, and when I do I feel the need to add a caveat that I’m not a crazy conservative weirdo.

Marguerite's friends were not as insane, but were also openly hostile to the non-Christian in their midst. One of them even blurted, "So you think we're all equal? We're equal with the rapists and terrorists?!?"

I found myself talking to the TV, "Yes, we are. Since when does going to church make you better than anyone?" I am so utterly dismayed and discouraged by this.

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distractions [19 Oct 2005|04:06am]

it seems to me that sin is a distraction from living. so jesus, god, in an act of self-sacrifice, totaled the sums and brought everything to zero. so why make it conditional? why are we fettered to the distraction of sin, to the sin of omission, to the great commission? why aren't we free to live? why are we made to spend our lives like scavengers trying to enlighten the world in a futile attempt to save everyone so they can go to an afterlife that even we believers don't admit to being able to understand let alone imagine? if you could help me understand this I would be grateful.
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Questions about religion and spirituality [06 Oct 2005|01:14am]

I am posting a short series of questions to a wide variety of religious communities (and communities that list religion as an interest) on LiveJournal. The purpose is to try to get as broad a set of answers as possible, and to find distinctions and commonality among the responses. I have tried to select the broadest community for each faith, but I am only posting to communities with open membership, frankly because I don't want to cross-post something this broad into a protected community, out of respect.

Notes...Collapse )

All of that said, here are the questions. Responses can be as long or as short as you wish.

1. How do you define "religion"?
2. How do you define "spirituality"?
3. If you adhere to a faith or religious/spiritual doctrine, does it require belief in the "supernatural"? If so, how do you define "supernatural"?
4. If you adhere to a faith or religious/spiritual doctrine, do you believe its founding or supporting texts (such as the Bible, Quran, and so on) are literal truth?
5. If you adhere to a faith or religious/spiritual doctrine, do you practice in a place of worship, or follow a guide/teacher/leader of some sort?
6. What role should religion or spirituality have in social/political decision-making, and why?

Thank you all in advance!

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god does WHAT to fags? [23 Sep 2005|03:29pm]

Selected Passages From the Bible:
The King (Fred) Phelps Version.


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[25 Aug 2005|11:04am]

Does anyone know of any liberal Christian churches in the NYC area?
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Please pray for Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star mom holding a peace vigil in Crawford. [13 Aug 2005|06:02pm]

She's struggling with the death of her son and with being reviled in the media. This is a youth minister, folks, and her son wanted nothing more than to be a chaplain's assistant. Though she has harsh words for her sons's former Commander in Chief, she is not the bad or crazy woman some people make her out to be.

Here is my blog of a letter to the editor I felt compelled to write on her behalf. http://www.livejournal.com/community/thought_express/11788.html#comments

And here is an amazing collection of pictures of the vigil. The vigil holders are currently being shouted down by anti-protestors who are shouting "we don't care" at them. But I care. I care that Cindy and other families sitting in that hot ditch lost their loved ones.

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books [05 Aug 2005|12:36pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hi all! I'm new here *waves* I'm a crazy liberal Catholic who's interested in becoming a Maryknoll Sister. I've been a firm believer in liberation theology since the summer of 2003 and I've read all I can about radical Christianity and liberation theology as I can. My Spanish teacher from high school studied theology at Maryknoll College until it closed down and then became a Maryknoll lay missioner. I don't know how many of you all are interested in liberation theology but here are some books that are really interesting. Some are from the 70s so I could only find them used:

-- Through the Gospel With Dom Helder Camara
-- The Radical Bible
-- Rich Church--Poor Church? Some Biblical Perspectives
-- Jesus, Politics, and Society: A Study of Luke's Gospel
-- A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation
-- Jesus of Nazareth: Meditations on His Humanity
-- We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People
-- The Violence of Love

Do you all have any other book recommendations on liberation theology or radical/liberal Christianity?

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simul justus et peccator [14 Jun 2005|01:23pm]

[ mood | weird ]

what is sin?

is it a state, or certain acts?
which acts?

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hello [11 May 2005|06:30pm]

I just wanted to express relief I found this group. The only type of Christianity I'm used to is fundamentalism and borderline so- and I do consider myself a Christian, very much so- so thank you to whoever founded this group. A pointless post. but thank you so much.
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Intelligent, Educated, Other [29 Mar 2005|01:31pm]


So, you've probably seen this --
"Teaching Darwin splits Pennsylvania town"

(Yahoo news tends to disappear fast -- this probably won't be available two weeks later)

Dover, Pennsylvania, USA:

"Since last year the school board voted to have high school biology teachers raise doubts about Darwin's 145-year-old theory and suggest an alternative Christian explanation for life. The city has since been deeply riven over the issue of separation of church and state.

... pastor and parent Ray Mummert, 54, explained their point. ...

'Christians are a lot more bold under Bush's leadership, he speaks what a lot of us believe,' said Mummert.

'We've been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture.' "

(My bold)

Now, everyone on the blogs is teasing Mummert for clearly distinguishing he and his from the "intelligent and educated".

But a large percentage of the population are not intelligent and/or educated.

How should those who are intelligent and educated treat them so that they will be happy with the situation?

- Just let them do whatever non-intelligent and non-educated things they want to?

- Do the intelligent and educated thing, and try to explain to the non-intelligent and non-educated just why their views are non-intelligent and non-educated?

- Do the intelligent and educated thing, and lie to the non-intelligent and non-educated about it?

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[17 Mar 2005|05:43pm]

How common is it for any of you to hang out with other Christians? I went to a Christian high school but I haven't kept many friends from there as we don't have a lot in common.
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[15 Feb 2005|02:42am]

I just created queerinterfaith, for anyone who's interested.
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cool faith [05 Feb 2005|02:30am]
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