Hello. I am a Christian theologian. I live in New York. My central interest is in
the renewal of liberal Christianity - which involves its re-making, as
something non-wet, sacramentally strong...
He is trying to will a new anarchic Christian culture into being. I have much sympathy with this project: I have often advocated the idea of an anarchic, post-institutional Christian culture. But I have recently come to feel that waiting for the anarchic revolution to kick off is not the whole task, maybe not the main task. The churches should not be let off so lightly! They should be infiltrated, reformed: re-formed, which means broken up a bit first. They exist to communicate Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God, so let us force them to do so better. Let us not assume the inevitability of the craven failure of our national Church, for example, but let us strip her of her privileges and bigotries, and force her into the public square, as a very different looking gal. Let’s reform the Church, Kester.
My latest praise for Episcopalianism on the Guardian site.
I have a piece at Open Democracy, on Obama and the US's religious liberal crisis:
See my mixed feelings about the Brooklyn hipster church Revolution NYC
Jan 1 2011
I have written an article for the Episcopal New Yorker, on my eccentric Anglican position: the Communion is retarded by its established centre. Here the final paragraph:
"In a sense I agree with those who say that Anglicanism needs more definition. Let it begin with the fundamental question of its attitude to political liberalism. For perhaps the most important question for a church is whether it seeks political power on the old Christendom model, or renounces the possibility of such power, by fully affirming the secular liberal ideal. A united approach to this issue would require the mother-church to reject its imperial history and finally adapt to political liberalism. The American church should respond to calls for a Covenant by putting church-state relations on the table. It should say: ‘OK, if we are at last defining common norms, to be followed by all provinces, why should sexuality eclipse all else? Let us begin by agreeing that establishment belongs to a past historical era, that it is now a hindrance to the gospel.’ Canterbury would be given pause for thought, and a more fruitful debate about Anglican identity would ensue. That is my modest proposal for how Anglicanism may be rescued from its imperial history."
See many of my thoughts on the Guardian belief site, including on my reasons for rejecting the English approach to religion.http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief
I've been interviewed by Reform magazine - here
Here's my Guardian website article, on me and my tattoo:
My new book is called Faith.
The idea of the book is to look at the spillage of faith into modern thought - and it's also a sort of apologetics. Because faith is a personal thing, it has an autobiographical section about how the Christian myth got under my skin.
'Faith displays Hobson's characteristic qualities of forceful argument and conversational elegance.'
Also see my piece on the dead nun's bones.
It is a summary of my eccentric sacramental yearnings. Protestantism has always been sacramentally ill.