I’ve the sudden urge to pick up and read his book, How (Not) to Speak of God — Marks of the Emerging Church. The book includes more explanation of what he means by “hypernonymous,” but I enjoyed so many of the threads in this interview that I’m sure the book must be more of the same… like flipping believe-behave-belong to become belong-behave-believe. Originally the title of the book didn’t grab me, but now I’ll have to track down a copy. I confess I’m not as familiar with Rollins as I should be. He’s no intellectual slouch, and I like what I’ve heard so far. For good measure, here’s an interview by Becky Garrison at The Door and another interview at Emergingchurch.info, where one of Rollins’ responses is:
Be cynical. The original cynics where a dusty group of people who questioned ethics not because they hated ethics but because they loved ethics so much. They questioned God and religion not because they where sceptical but because they where obsessed with God and religion. Questioning God is not questioning God, but only questioning ‘God’ – in other words our understanding of God. In the same way that Marxism helped liberation theology to find a voice so deconstruction (which is very cynical) will help revolutionise Western Christianity.
I love this idea of cynical revolution — now there’s something I can participate in!
By the way, this post is my way of marking St. Paddy’s Day (a day late) — along with picking up a used copy of Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization last night after stepping out with a friend for dinner and Guinness, of course.