As I think forward to Ash Wednesday, with its call to introspection and reflection, not so we can dwell in the morass of our sinfulness, but so we can honestly confront ourselves and thus make ourselves available to be transformed (I'm going to meditate on Psalm 51), I found this interview with Peter Rollins, a young Christian philosopher interesting. He talks about the story we tell ourselves, about ourselves being a fiction. What we want people to see in us is an idealized persona -- one without the warts and wrinkles -- a sort of airbrushed version. If you only knew who I really was . . .
In the midst of this conversation he speaks of resurrection, which stands at the end of the journey from Ash Wednesday (Ash Wednesday isn't his conversation piece, it's mine). But, he compares resurrection to insurrection, because its an invitation to participate in the act of transformation that is resurrection. I think you'll find this intriguing, challenging, and maybe just a bit off-putting. I invite your thoughts on the video interview conducted by Spencer Burke for his Ooze.TV.
By the way, for my review of his book The Fidelity of Betrayal, click here