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 […]

How The Theology Brewing Company Came To Be

“New Day Dawning” You’ve heard of “brewpub theology” no doubt, but a theology brewing company? Obviously, “The Theology Brewpub Company,” is a play on “brewpub theology,” it also turns the concept of brewpub theology topsy-turvy. Almost all brewpub theology is designed to convince you that host’s theology — whatever that may be — is the […]

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 […]

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 is God-Speak


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 […]