Karl Barth and ‘Hopeful Realism’

I am reading Church Dogmatics VI.1, sections 57-59, and I just had a moment.  Okay, I have all sorts of great moments in reading Barth so far, but something that stood out this morning is the comment below.  The reason it struck me is because the hopeful orientation of the Christian to the incoming (and…

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Article on “Hopeful Realism” at RELEVANTMagazine.com

I am so grateful for the folks at Relevant for posting another article.  This one is on  the idea of “Hopeful Realism,” the namesake of this blog and the main objective outlined in my book, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. The challenge on writing on the topic of cynicism is that I…

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Most Cynical Characters in Literature & Film: Who comes to Mind?

I like how Busby’s last post encouraged reader participation.  Let’s continue thinking about a theology of work—keep sending in your thoughts so we can think through those issues together.  We have had some good comments so far. For a much less important project, I want to ask for your contributions as well.  I had this…

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Barth: Collapsing Idealism & Cynicism

The message of Faith Without Illusions is that idealism is a farce and cynicism a dead end (“hopeful realism” is the recommended alternative). As previous posts indicate, I have been reading Barth’s Evangelical Theology (Busby is ahead of me—he read it last year).  Here is a quote from this great theologian in which both idealists…

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Easter & the End of Cynicism

I am really impressed with the new website Cogito | Creedo.  And I am thankful that its director, Calvin Moore, has expressed interest in Faith Without Illusions.  For Good Friday, he has published a piece I’ve written on the Resurrection.  The open tomb of Jesus announces the end of cynicism…. I just love that thought. …

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