To believe is to be human. To doubt, divine.
Now on a short road tour Irish writer, philosopher, theologian and and now prominent figure in post-modern Christianity, Peter Rollins penned, How (Not) to Speak of God, published on Paraclete Press in 2006.
Rooted in what many argue to be an expanded vision of Heideggerian continental philosophy and the emerging church movement, Rollins seeks not to describe God in a way that man can understand - a traditional theme in christianity - but instead embrace uncertainty.
Pyro-theology (adapted from Buenaventura Durruti’s quote “The only church that illuminates is a burning church”), Rollins pursuit in interpreting christianity seeks to break down the suppositions clouding potential miraculously humane experiences. Hoping to adjust the goggles through which one experiences faith, Rollins aspires to help humanity find comfort in breaking our addiction to certainty.
Diver, a place most often seen as a stop along the Final Friday Commerce Street art crawl will instead be a place for Rollins to deliver his Radical Theology, that faith isn’t a way of believing in things about the world but rather a particular way of engaging with the world. To quote Apophatic Theologian (but not limit Rollins query to) John Scotus Erigena said “We do not know what God is. God Himself does not know what He is because He is not anything. Literally God is not, because He transcends being.”
Ideas of this magnitude are not discussed often, particularly in public. While much of what Rollins will be doing the night of February 28 (Final Friday) is presentation, I would advise you take a pen, paper and an extra drink to share with Rollins. A bloke with this many questions is likely looking forward to a pint and some conversation.
more images from the piano recording
Recording piano in a cold room
I’m doing tech for a play this weekend, it’s called God of Carnage. Go check it out. There is a puking scene (at Fisch Haus)
Static from Final Friday (at The Lux)
Moments before the Wonder Revolution, Firefly CD release show (at Fisch Haus)
1997? (at + ++)
Susan Mayo rehearsing an amazing piece I got to see twice last night! (at Fisch Haus)
CD players loaded. See you at first and market tonight! Help us start this thing. (at + ++)