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Violence is our God. Hallowed be its name.   2 comments

Violence is our God

We spank children to teach them not to hit one another.  We sanction the killing of killers as a deterrent against killing. We advocate the arming of citizens to promote personal safety. Is it any wonder that people are being deluded into complying with a system that allies them with violence, not compassion; with death, not life?

Even our language is overwhelmed with a continual drumbeat of violence. From seemingly innocuous phrases like, “Shoot me an email” to the “war on poverty” to “He’s da bomb” and even the “Fight for Peace” are simply “to die for” in our culture.

We are a wholly compromised culture that can’t even imagine the existence of any alternatives. Why? Because violence is entertaining, exhilarating, and as Chris Hedges has argued so poignantly, it gives many of us meaning.

Book Cover high resFrom “The Myth of Redemptive Violence” in

Living the Questions:
The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity

by David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy

Available wherever books are sold or downloaded

www.livingthequestions.com

LtQ Hits Amazon No.1 — Thank You!!   Leave a comment

Thanks to you and who-knows-how-many other fans of LtQ, Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity hit #1 on Amazon’s Theology Bestseller List on December 12, 2012!  Thank you!! 

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It’s a bestseller scheme!   3 comments

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Are you a fan, groupie, or friend of LtQ? Then here’s your chance to help spread the word about Living the Questions and Progressive Christianity! David and Jeff’s new book, “Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity” is available wherever books are sold or downloaded – BUT, if we all band together and buy a copy on ONE DAY, there’s a good chance that we’ll make it into the “Bestseller” category!

So c’mon – you know you were going to buy a copy anyway. Be sure to go to Amazon.com and buy one (or twelve!) on

December 12th 2012 (that’s 12.12.12!).

 Score the perfect Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative! Buy a copy for the person you’ve been arguing theology with for years!  Or just buy a copy!

HANG ON! DON’T ORDER TODAY – WAIT UNTIL 12/12 

Everyone ordering on ONE DAY is the key!

Thank you in advance for helping David and Jeff out in this hair-brained scheme to conquer the heights of Amazon Bestsellerdom.

–and we’d greatly appreciate your help spreading the word. Many thanks! 

Click HERE or on the graphic above on Wednesday December 12th to order! 

“Living the Questions is an excellent introduction to progressive theology.”

— The Christian Century 

Video Preview of Living the Questions’ New Book   Leave a comment



“I’m so grateful for Living the Questions. These progressive voices offer less rigid and more expansive approaches to Christian faith, and make room for people who practice critical thinking and question the gatekeepers. They help us see that questioning the gatekeepers is exactly what Jesus was all about.”

— Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

“This has been sorely needed for years. Felten and Procter-Murphy provide an unusual clarity about the issues that commonly confuse and divide people in our churches today and then open a pathway to a more vital and even exciting way to approach the Christian faith in the 21st century.”

— Fred C. Plumer, President, Progressive Christianity.org

CLICK HERE to PRE-ORDER

It’s what you’ve been asking for: LtQ the book!   Leave a comment

“A welcome book that is bold (without being contentious) and courageous (without needing to be triumphant), Felten and Procter-Murphy give voice to a faith that provides a profound alternative to the dominant ideology of ‘American Christianity.’ Attention should be paid!”

— Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary 

Felten and Procter-Murphy aim to re-evaluate the organizing myths of Christianity in their new book, Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity (HarperOne; August 2012; Paperback; $17.99). Calling on some of the most provocative and authoritative voices in Christian scholarship today—Marcus Borg, Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, A.J. Levine, John Shelby Spong, Brian McLaren, and many others—Living the Questions presents a lively and stimulating primer on what it means to be a progressive Christian.

Based on the popular DVD series by the same name, Living the Questions covers twenty-one topics many churches are afraid to discuss—as well as reimagining traditional topics of the faith in an all-new light.

Rather than watch the church pass into the irrelevance of so many religions of the past, Felten and Procter-Murphy aim to fulfill people’s longing for meaning by encouraging them to “live the questions” instead of “forcing the answers.”

Available now for Pre-Order

Living the Questions Endorses Spong’s “Re-Claiming the Bible”   1 comment

Bishop John Shelby Spong’s latest book, “Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World,” comes out today. LtQ creators David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy were privileged to be included in list of those endorsing the new book. This collection of essays provides an accessible and informal primer on not only the history and significance of the Bible as a whole, but the background and core message of each book. David & Jeff caught up with Bishop Spong at the Canadian Center for Progressive Christianity’s “Widen the Embrace” Conference in London, Ontario, and this is what Jack had to say:

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The LtQ endorsement on the back of the book reads, “Once again, Bishop Spong comes to the aid of those who’ve had a hunch that traditional Christianity hasn’t been completely forthcoming about the Bible’s origins, its purpose, and its truly radical demands on anyone claiming to be follower of Jesus. Re-Claiming the Bible will bridge the gap for anyone serious about an introduction to what is common knowledge among scholars and pastors but has trouble permeating the pew.”

“This is my latest book. It came out in November of 2011. It’s sort of a journey through the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation looking at it from a new perspective. I must say that I was very pleased to get as endorsers of this book some people who’ve been really important to me in my journey. Two of them are pastors in Arizona: David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy, who are the creators of “Living the Questions.” They’re people I’ve known for 15 years and people that I admire enormously. I run into their work everywhere I am. I was in Oxford in the UK six months ago and we passed this Anglican church and there was this great big banner out: “Come next Wednesday for the opening session of ‘Living the Questions!'” And I remember when ‘Living the Questions’ was born.”

“Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World” is available in bookstores and online beginning November 8th, 2011

LtQ’s Jesus Jars Sports Illustrated, Angers Portland Radio Listeners   5 comments

PORTLAND, OREGON – What is media giant Entercom Communications afraid of? Curriculum publisher “Living the Questions” recently contracted with three of Entercom’s Portland area stations, KGON-FM (Classic Rock), KWJJ-FM (Country), KYCH-FM (Classic Hits) to run professionally produced ads as part of their online streaming radio services. Without an explanation beyond “due to listener complaint,” the ads were pulled after only one day.

Living the Questions is a respected resource of video curriculum for progressive Christian communities around the world. The Portland radio spots advertised a new series called “Saving Jesus” with the seemingly balanced introduction:

“Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped and taken hostage by the Christian Right? Or maybe even worse, simply cast aside as irrelevant by those on the secular left?”

Portland was chosen specifically because of its established reputation as a liberal-leaning market. However, there seems to be very well organized opposition to any message other than that deemed acceptable to the Christian Right. That or it doesn’t take much for Entercom to be threatened into compliance with the expectations and prejudices of a fraction of their listening community.

And now, after moving the ads to “substitute” Portland radio stations, Alpha Broadcasting’s KINK has pulled the ad because, according to KINK’s Amanda Quillen, programming is “getting flooded with calls & emails” “from angry listeners ‘bothered’ by the message.” Are these angry conservative Christians calling? Angry liberals?

If it is angry Christians defensive about their narrow interpretation of Jesus, how are they any different from Muslim Extremists who react so negatively to representations of the prophet that they deem offensive? What’s going on in Portland?

Portland Blogger & UCC pastor, Chuck Currie

“I’ve used the Saving Jesus curriculum and other programs from the Living the Questions series at three Portland-area churches,” said The Rev. Chuck Currie, a minister in the United Church of Christ (www.chuckcurrie.com).  “It is deeply concerning to me that Portland radio stations would refuse to air commercials for a Christian education program when they have no qualms about running negative political advertising.  Either these stations are caving to voices from the Religious Right or from those who wrongly assume that all religion is bad.  Banning advertising from progressive Christians is not at all dissimilar to how media in some parts of the country tried to keep The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other religious voices fighting for civil rights off the air in the 1960s.”

In a similar development, a print version of the banned radio ad is scheduled to run in the same region in Time, Newsweek, and The Week at the end of January 2011. Although the ad is a simple picture of Jesus along with the questions above, the legal department at Sports Illustrated rejected the ad as too “jarring.” No further explanation was available.

“Saving Jesus” co-author, Jeff Procter-Murphy, has run into similar challenges in the past. He recalls trying to rent a billboard promoting the work of pro-LGBT clergy group, No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice, in Phoenix. Clear Channel refused to release available billboards for the ad. As Clear Channel had the monopoly on the market, the group had no other options.

Download a pdf media release HERE

See the “Saving Jesus” magazine ad rejected by Sports Illustrated HERE:

Saving Jesus Redux Ad

 


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