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Insurrection: To Believe Is Human To Doubt, Divine Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"Peter Rollins is the Anti-Christ for all fake Christians." (Creston Davis, Professor, Rollins College, Department of Philosophy and Religion)
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As a "frenemy" of Christ, Rollins maintains a place for God, at the cost of flattening God into just a Name for the structure of human psychological experience. As such, his thought is helpful as a bridge to Christ, in the same way that pantheism, panentheism, psychoanalysis and even Marxism can be bridges to Christ, all of which offer various points of commonality and intersection with Christ while also displaying broad areas of discordance. Here are some of the theological moves that Rollins makes in the book:
His key theological code-words are God, Truth, Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. He does not seem to mind if these ideas are given "historic" content as things that happened in space time and which are cognitively affirmed as such. But for Rollins this affirmation is irrelevant, usually distracting, and simply meaningless for the postmodern person. Rather, their true meaning and relevance comes from their identity as descriptions of human experience.Read more ›
The entire book revolves around his theology of the cross, particularly the moment that Jesus cries out "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" He adds that "The cross is the moment when we join with Christ in crying out 'Why have you forsaken me?' " I would reply that the cross is the moment that Christ endured a suffering on our behalf, as a ransom for many (Mark 10:46). Then there is Rollin's most controversial concept: Jesus' cry of abandonment is "a profoundly personal, painful, and existential atheism. (ch.2)" Are we to presume then, as Jesus is dropping hints in the temple cleansing (Jn. 2:19), intentionally dismissing Judas to sell him out (Jn. 13:27), and sweating blood while praying (Lk. 22:44), that he was unaware of the implications of the death (or in his words, glorification - Jn. 17) that he was about to undergo? Was he unaware of its spiritual, eternal, salvational significance? I know it seems remarkably tolerant and new-agey to identify a moment of disbelief of God in His own son, but truth and shock-value are not always the same. Not even in the Bible.
This book is not without some meritorious assertions, and I appreciate anyone who will admit that the church cannot make their "personal Jesus" into a security blanket from their doubts. In ch.Read more ›
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Eye opening book to which Peter hands you a new lens to see the world through, concise yet dense with wisdom couldn't recommend this book enough!Published 3 months ago by Josh Roughan
I found it to be a difficult read as its underlying principle was difficult to understandPublished 8 months ago by John Barrons
Peter Rollins is the best. Suddenly Christianity makes sense again. Jesus was never about being right or wrong. Those labels are false gods. What are we really? Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Henckel
Basically, Rollins says we must endure Crucifixion times without the “security blanket” of the church of a heavenly reward or any thought that God particularly cares about how we... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Edwin E. Keelen
Give some time to this book. The first third is fairly confusing and you wander if it is worth the read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rob Irvine
Reading this book for the third time. This guy has stirred it up!!Published on July 16, 2014 by Donald Clark
I would say that I agree with most of the points that he makes throughout, but I don't agree with his overall conclusion. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by marpohl