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Insurrection: To Believe Is Human To Doubt, Divine Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"What does it mean when the Son of God cries out, 'My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?' Brilliantly, candidly, and faithfully, Rollins wrestles here with that question. You may not agree with his answers and conclusions, but you owe it to yourself and to the church at large to read what he says." (Phyllis Tickle, author, The Great Emergence)
"Peter Rollins is the Anti-Christ for all fake Christians." (Creston Davis, Professor, Rollins College, Department of Philosophy and Religion)
About the Author
Peter Rollins is a widely sought after writer, lecturer, storyteller, and public speaker. He is the founder of Ikon, a Belfast, Northern Ireland, faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theater, ritual, and reflection. He currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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My problem with the book is it leaves no room for the spiritual side. Where is the Holy Spirit? Where is the Cosmic Christ? Is there nothing but pure realism to carry us through? I happen to believe that there is some continuity of this life after death, which is a source of hope and comfort to me. But I don’t think that the church holds out this hope to the exclusion of loving God’s creation and entering into the Kingdom of Heaven here and now. So, as far as it goes, the book is good; it just left out the spiritual part, which is so much a part of my life.
In truth, the Christology of Insurrection offers a new way of "seeing" the truth of Christ that is scripturally-based and adheres to the scholarly standards of systematic theology. It is a revelation for this new millennium and a fitting modulation of Bonheoffer's theme of "religionless Christianity" as sketched out in his letters and papers from prison.
A faith community grounded in the material Christianity of crucifixion and resurrection as articulated by Rollins, could rupture the social, religious, and political divisions of our post-modern world that limit our ability to live together and to cooperate in creating justice for all people. Such a collective would actively engaging with these systems, seeking love and justice from within and without, as Christ would have done, unencumbered by the chains of cultural identity, of race, class, sex, age, sexual orientation that separate us from each other and cripple our ability to incarnate Christ through loving relationship and mutual service.
I hope that my friends and colleagues in ministry read this book, think deeply on it, and integrate the Pauline-based theology into their spiritual practices as a catalyst for continual conversion to new creation in Christ.
As I read this book, I had to take time to asses how I was intellectually accepting these concepts without letting them impact me in any real way. That is where I see the greatest power of this book: not as a critique of the Christianity of others, but as a tool to check my own self-justification. As such this book is as difficult and life-altering as I allowed it to be.
If this sort of self critique is new to you, I suggest reading one chapter at a time, slowly, with time to process what has happened in between readings. Allowing the book to read oneself in this way opens up the intellectual discourse into a mode of living authentically.
Having allowed the ideas of this book to bring me into living Resurrection, I encourage you to immerse yourself in the Insurrection.