Punk Theology was inspired by the conversation that I (Russ Shaw, the Show Host) had with the seminary student who was running late for an exam. This was a few weeks after I lost my mom to Alzheimer's. The idea of a "theological exam" sparked my raw emotional, relational curiosity. A question that welled up from deep inside was birthed out. Isn't theology faith based? How can you have an exam on that? An exam assumes a system full of "shoulds" and "oughts". It means right and wrong answers that support some kind of institution.
With some study I found I like John Philip Newell's Celtic definition of theology being "the flow." Early Christians were called people of The Way. Not "Christians". Not some label "Christian" people can feel good about. I heard a student in the UK refer to a professor at Cambridge University said theology is the heart's search for beauty and truth.
I like what Paul Young talks about in his fictional book "The Shack". His book sold 23 million copies worldwide, and is on the list of best selling books of all time. In "The Shack" he beautifully illustrates that God is love, existing in relationships like the Celtic symbol of the Trinity. God is eternal, unbreakable, other centered, self giving love. Even in the midst of profound tragedy.
Punk rock I believe was birthed out of questioning the mystery. The brokenness, joy, pleasure and pain of this life pouring out into this colorful avant garde there's no "right" way music.
So The Punk Theology Podcast is a loud, encouraging, troublesome, rebellious, colorful artistry of not just what you believe, but why you WANT to believe it.
In a world of people addicted to some certainty, Punk Theology exists to explore uncomfortable questions on growth, peace, well-being, recovering what's lost, understanding the plight of "the outsider", faith, fear and being alive.
I would like this podcast to be a bit like punk rock. Abstract yet rhythmic.
A bit intense but in a fun way. An examination of the misfit's awakening spirit.
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