I just got home from Subverting the Norm II in Springfield, MO. I had to leave a little early to be back in time to preach on Sunday morning, so I missed the later sessions. Jeff Robbins said this morning, and I agree, that the big shift that we have seen between the first Subverting the Norm conference and this one is that there seems to be a whole lot more people talking about radical theology, folks are more comfortable with the vocabulary, and there didn’t seem to be as big of a rift between the academics and the pastors present. To the last point, I think there were fewer pastors in the audience, but more clergy involved in presentations and breakout sessions. I really enjoyed the Homebrewed Christianity event with Tripp Fuller and others; the Caputo and Cobb beers were very good. The whole conference was a lot to take in, compressed in a very short time and it seemed like there were really interesting things going on against each other all day–I heard that the schedule got modified a bit at the end to accomodate this.
I finished reading Brewin’s Mutiny on the flight to the conference, and then heard him speak about this and his new book, After Magic. AUFS commenter Robert Saler asked an excellent question regarding the violence of piracy which exposes Brewin’s Mutiny book a little bit Read the rest of this entry »