God is dead… See you at church?

For anyone who struggled, struggled some more, and then finally click! For those few who read William Blake and rejoice! For those who secretly sat in church reading the lessons and asked themselves “What Would Derrida Do?”. Behold! a philosophical mix between the Derrida you know and love and the Christian commercialism killing modern churches struggling in a post-modern world.

What Would Jesus DeconstructFor those more interested in seeing the church come to terms with the reality of the fantasy it has been living in all these centuries: This one ain’t for you. This text is intended for those still chosing to believe in the applicability of the christian faith to the world and who would prefer to rethink the fantasy rather than take on the full dose of reality. At the same time, it is a look at a religion that seems to both embrace some elements of “modernity” while simultaneously rebuking it for existing. Human thought will never cease to grow in all the wild and wooly ways it is wont to do but here, for a slight change, is an attempt at kicking what claims to be a religion of the people, for the people, and tell it to keep up.

 

Dark Side of Eden

Every once in a while you find a book that you know isn’t the greatest book ever written but is sort of a mashup of other books that come close to it’s almost like “amazing by association”. This book is a mix between Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods and Christopher Moore’s Lambboth of which are clearly loved in this particular circle. (See Meet Merv and also any reference to The Joshua Fund)

Death a life, George PendleJoin Death on his journey from the birth of man through encounters with lesser gods and the ever annoying habit of Jesus Christ not to follow the rules. If you think it’s easy being alive imagine having to deal with the recently alive and often in large numbers. It’s a fast paced dark look at the ridiculousness that is “life” and how little we really understand about the forces we hitch our carts too every day.

It’s light enough to read on your phone but heavy enough to require a bite of pastry between the seemingly endless stream of puns.

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An excerpt to whet the appetite:

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Meet Merv

At the suggestion of some good friends I finally read Terry Pratchett’s “Small Gods”.

Just a heads up that this was a really good book which means this post will have next to nothing to do with the book itself.

I once thought I could do that whole “Get a PhD in Philosophy!” thing back when I used to read big books for class and then spout off dozens of pages worth of analysis. As it turned out, one of the core classes was ethics. And wouldn’t you know it… Apparently I suck at ethics. Although, those papers I later sold online to undergraduates online about ethics got amazing grades. So maybe I was just approaching it all wrong. Turns out I am really good at being bad at ethics.

And now after reading this book, not only am I a walking, talking, cupcake making ethical dilemma I’m also convinced that there should be a God of Ethical Dilemmas. His name is Merv. He’s kinda wiggly around the edges when you put him in direct light.

So Merv and I are friends. One should always be on good terms with their primary deities. And Merv and I have fun sitting in public spaces trying to debate what we should or shouldn’t do to random strangers as they walk by. Currently we’re in the Penn Quarter Teasim waiting to go see some Shakespeare. There is a lot of potential in this crowd.

I buy Merv tea. I feed Merv. I even share my umbrella with Merv. Except when Merv is being a total cliché and prancing about pushing over old ladies and rationalizing whether or not to tell humanity that they are all doomed I tell ya! DOOMED! When Merv is being a cliché he can totally ask a random stranger to share their umbrella.