Friday, December 12, 2008

Pop Culture Roundup

I haven't been reading Moltmann as much, although I still find it an incredible analysis of the full impact that Jesus' crucifixion should have on Christian theology and church practice.  He has a lot to say on how following a crucified Lord (who loses his identity in such a humiliating death) entails the forsaking of identity.  That is, Christianity with the cross in its proper prominence is the opposite of the version that seeks political power, that wants recognition, that complains about the "war on Christmas."  

Which leads me to the book that I've started reading that continues this theme, The Fidelity of Betrayal by Peter Rollins.  I don't know what caught my eye about this book in Borders, but it nevertheless got my attention.  Rollins' basic thesis is that, in order to exhibit true faith, one may need to forsake the faith they've learned.  The best way at this point that I have to explain this is in a story that he tells in the introduction, involving a man in a village who takes in a refugee who is wanted for questioning popular religious claims.  The other villagers want the refugee to be given up and cite scriptures that say to respect civil authority.  God even appears to tell the one offering refuge to comply according to these scriptures.  But the man tells God that he won't comply due to what else he's learned from God about mercy and protection and love.  I can't explain it better than that at the moment.  I'm not that far into the book.

I've only listened to one new CD this week: To the 5 Boroughs by the Beastie Boys.  I'm certainly not the most well-versed on rap, but I think that the Beastie Boys' use of sampling is unparalleled.  They make use of Sugarhill Gang, Run-DMC, and Doug E. Fresh, among so many others that I didn't recognize.  Much of this album, as the title suggests, is focused on the groups' hailing from New York and what that means to them.

Around the web, check out if you haven't already.