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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“Vox Vocis” # 8: An Interview with Cogito | Credo

I got to have a great chat with Calvin Moore at Cogito | Credo about cynicism and Faith Without Illusions.  He has posted the first half of the interview at his site where he is also sponsoring a giveaway of five copies of the book. (It warms my heart to here about book giveaways).

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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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Donald Miller: “The Church in America is led by scholars”… or is it big name personalities? (part 1)

Donald Miller asks on his blog “Should the Church be led by Teachers and Scholars“?  He opens with these succinct observations: The church in America is led by scholars. Essentially, the church is a robust school system created around a framework of lectures and discussions and study. We assume this is the way its supposed…

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Review of Faith Without Illusions at TheMakingofMen.com

Miranda and I were so pleased to find this review of my book, Faith Without Illusions, over at a blog devoted to inspiring the spiritual maturity of Christian men in the church—TheMakingofMen.com. It is an intimidating exercise to read words others have written about my own written words.  In this case, however, I was very…

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Cynic-Saint: How disillusionment qualifies us for ministry, not disqualifies us

Those of us who struggle with cynicism toward and within the church tend to assume that once we have been disillusioned with the way the church acts and thinks, then we are excluded from church service.  The opposite may actually be true.  In an earlier post, I wrote about how disillusionment is a gift.  It…

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The book: both out of my hands, and in my hands

Right in front of me is a copy of Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint.  It is my first and only book.  It was born out of much joyful travail.  Many mornings were so early, many nights so late.  But now here it is, right before me.  It is a thing.  Reified.  No longer…

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The Economist: “sometimes cynicism can be deeply naive”

Common wisdom is that idealists are naive.  Viewing the world through rosy hues, ignoring grim realities, and employing the cheery rhetoric of “we can do anything we put our minds to” or “God will never give you more than you can handle”—such practices characterize idealists.  In Faith Without Illusions, I open my section up on…

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The Book Cover

I have never met Cindy Kiple.  I had to go to Google Reader and scroll to the copyright page of my yet-to-be-released book to even figure out her name.  She is the designer of the book’s cover.  I would love to know about the creative process, the decision-making and artistic tweaks and revisions behind the…

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