God Can’t, T. J. Oord (A Review)

God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse and Other Evils, Thomas Jay Oord, 2019, Grasmere, Idaho, SacraSage Press, Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-948609-12-8, $17.99.   How can I believe in God and love when evil abounds, tragedy strikes and abuse happens? If you are struggling with God’s love God Can’t is written […]

The Elephant is Running, B. G. Epperly (A Review)

The Elephant is Running: Process and Open Relational Theologies and Religious Pluralism, Bruce G. Epperly, 2022, Grasmere, Idaho, SacraSage Press, Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-948609-63-0, $19.99. The Elephant is Running is not about elephants, it’s about creative transformation and evolving spirituality. It is a book for any Christian who is struggling with the narrow confines of traditional […]

A Larger Hope? (A Review)

A LARGER HOPE? Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich (Volume 1), Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, forward by Richard Bauckham, 2019, Eugene, OR, Cascade Books, 286 pages including Preface, two appendices, and bibliography. ISBN: 978-1-61097-884-2. A LARGER HOPE? Universal Salvation from The Reformation to the Nineteenth Century (Volume 2), Robin A. Parry with […]

Churches and the Crisis of Decline | Andrew Root (A Review)

Churches and the Crisis of Decline: A Hopeful, Practical Ecclesiology for a Secular Age, Andrew Root, 2022, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Academic, ISBN: 978-1-5409-6481-4 For the sake of full disclosure, I approach Churches and the Crisis of Decline as both a Universalist and Progressive Christian. This puts me at odds with Andrew Root’s more traditional […]

Pluriform Love by Thomas Jay Oord: A Review

Pluriform Love, Thomas Jay Oord

Pluriform Love: An Open and Relational Theology of Well-Being, Thomas Jay Oord, SacraSage Press, 2022, paper, $, ISBN: 9781948609579, 253 pages with notes, bibliography and index. God is Love My mother told me that this was the very first bible verse I learned. I learned it to recite on Children’s Day. I couldn’t have been […]

Brewing Theology: A Pilgrimage

Personal theology ought always to be a pilgrimage, a work in progress, stemming not from dogma, but from our own God experiences. Like pilgrimage, our personal theology should give expression to our doubts and questions. Like pilgrimage, our personal theology should give expression to our own deaths and subsequent resurrections. And, like pilgrimage, which by […]

The Devil’s Redemption?

The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism (Two Volumes), Michael J. McClymond, 2018, Baker Academic, 1325 pages, including appendices, extensive bibliography, and index. I must admit that the first thing that the title, The Devil’s Redemption, conjured up in my mind was the book by Ordin K. Cambel with the same […]

Holy Victims and the Invention of the Atonement (A Review)

The Body of the Cross: Holy Victims and the Invention of the Atonement, Travis E. Ables, Dec. 7, 2021, Fordham University Press, 260 pages, including notes, extensive bibliography, and index. It was the title, well actually the subtitle, of the book that caught my eye: “Holy Victims and the Invention of the Atonement.” Being a […]

January 6: Epiphany or Theophany

In our Western Christian tradition, Epiphany celebrates the visit of Magi to the Christ Child. In so doing Epiphany emphasizes God’s physical manifestation through Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. In other words, in Western Christianity WE become the focus of Jesus’ ministry. It is all about us Westerners. In Eastern Christianity, the Day of Epiphany […]

Theology 2.0

Man Doll

Theology 101 Updated – Still Speculative, Progressive & UniversalistNow that I have some time, it is time to rethink my “Speculative Theology” as posted on the website way back when. Here’s the beginning of the my new speculative theological thinking (which is in need of more thought and better wordsmithing): When the word “speculative” is […]

I have a Problem with Abraham

Near Sacrifice of Isaac [Can you imagine? This woodcut image is found in a book titled “Delightful Stories.” Delightful for whom?(p. 127, “Delightful stories: Home talks out of the Wonderful book.” (1888). Public domain.)] I have a Problem with Abraham Suppose the story was suppose to be different? I’ve always had a problem with Abraham. […]

What If? (Some what if relating to the Apostle Paul)

What if?

A while back I sat down with a few folks for a bit of theological speculating. Our speculating became centered around the Apostle Paul. The speculating generated a lot of “what-ifs” concerning Paul. And although we did explore the what-ifs, in this Theology Brewing Letter I have decided to share some of the what-ifs without […]

AFTER TRUMP: Achieving a New Social Gospel. Donald Heinz (A Review)

AFTER TRUMP: Achieving a New Social Gospel. Donald Heinz. Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, March 2020. ISBN: Paperback: 9781532695315, Hardbound: 9781532695322, also available as an eBook. 250 pages including extensive bibliography. Paperback & eBook: $28.00 / £21.00 / AU$38.00, Hardbound: $43.00 / £33.00 / AU$59.00. “The Donald” is no longer president, but his disdain for democracy […]

Found: Snippets of Theological Thought

Peeling Mask

Peeling Mask When I read fiction, which I do often, I frequently uncover snippets of “theological thoughts.” The snippets at first glance appear to be anything but theological, yet in my mind they stimulate theological thought. In this “Theology Letter” I thought I’d share a few of those snippets from The Daughter of Time by […]

Theology 1.0: Speculative & Progressive

Christian Universalist Cross

Christian Universalist Cross(Former Christian Universalist Denomination( A Basic Christian Universalist Theology: Speculative & Progressive Christian universalism is a Christian theology focused around the doctrine of universal reconciliation – the view that all human beings will ultimately be restored to a right relationship with God. I’ve been doing some rereading from the “fathers” of Christian Universalism […]

Theology is God-Speak

Boring

Theology is Boring! “Theology is dull and of little value” – PART 1 Theology is God-Speak There has to be a better way to “do theology.” That was the ending comment on my last post. And I think there is. When we think “theology,” we are thinking 14th c. when classical theology was formulated. Let’s […]