Theology of Consent

Theology of Consent

"We could be the people who risk with God in the face of apocalypse rather than the people who trust in a god who authors apocalypse."

Jonathan J. Foster ~ Theology of Consent: 

Mimetic Theory in an Open and Relational Universe


Coincidences happen and paradoxes occur. 

In life, there are rare occurrences where cosmically divergent concepts combine, almost as if naturally intended - like peanut butter and jelly.

In his new book, Theology of Consent: Mimetic Theory in an Open and Relational Universe, Jonathan J. Foster finds such a paring by blending René Girard’s scapegoating theory with Tomas J. Oord's Open and Relational Theology. 

The book is a fantastic read that blends anthropology, psychology, theology, and the nature of love. Foster uses Girardian thinking to enhance his understanding of open and relational theology even as he allows open and relational ideas to challenge mimetic theory’s tendency to be regressive. The book is scholarly - yet accessible - grounded in humor and humility. 

Join me as I sit down with Jonathan to talk through the theopoetic story of love and its fundamental characteristic: consent. Like the book, our talk together is educational, insightful, and playful. It's a great conversation that you don't want to miss. 

We'll talk about all that and plenty more snark!


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Show notes

Episode Timestamp:

Witches: 1:45

Christian Crazy 5:00

Interview 10:30

Featured Crackpots, Grifters, and Prophets: Guillermo Maldonado

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Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.