Peter Rollins in Belfast 8 January – Getting the Joke of Christianity

imageBefore my Christmas break, I started a series of posts on the work of Peter Rollins, in response to a comment from Monty. For readers in Northern Ireland, this week offers the opportunity for them to hear Rollins speak for himself.

On Sunday 8 January in the Black Box, Belfast, 7.30-9.00 pm, Rollins will be speaking on ‘Getting the Joke of Christianity.’

He describes it this way on his own blog:

On the 8th January I will be giving a talk in Belfast (at the Black Box) that delves into some of the themes I introduced in Insurrection. By drawing together Laurel and Hardy, David Brent, the Crucifixion and Gargoyles I will be attempting to outline how the heart of Christianity exposes the reality that we are the brunt of a huge cosmic joke while simultaneously inviting us to laugh along rather than being its comic foil.

I will also be arguing that the actually existing church has largely repressed the reality of this cosmic joke, refusing to see it and thus remaining its victim.

So if you would like to find out what the joke is sign up here. And if you are expecting this to be a stand-up routine you will be sorely disappointed!

Also, if there is anyone out there who can record the talk that would be a real help.

I unfortunately won’t be able to attend Rollins’ talk, because I’ll be in Texas preparing for the Houston Marathon.

I do however have a digital recorder I can lend to someone if they are able to record Rollins’ talk – please get in touch with me before Thursday if you can help.

Rollins is also planning a residential event in Corrymeela, near Ballycastle, 13-15 January.

I plan to continue my series of responses to Monty in the days ahead.

In the meantime, you can read my:

Review of Insurrection

The Series that Started the Series

What Troubles you about Peter Rollins? Towards an Assessment Part I

What’s Liberating about Peter Rollins? Towards an Assessment Part II

Do you Identify with Peter Rollins? Towards an Assessment Part III

Is Peter Rollins on a Mission? Towards an Assessment Part IV

The Second Series

Is Peter Rollins a Universalist? – Responding to Monty Part I

Peter Rollins and Being ‘In Christ’ – Responding to Monty Part II

3 Responses to Peter Rollins in Belfast 8 January – Getting the Joke of Christianity

  1. Martin January 4, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    This is silly. The belief that human beings are the puppets of manipulative gods is not Christian; it is really gnosticism. I think the real joke is on Peter, who has missed the real point about Christianity. Does this guy have a book out or what?

  2. Gladys Ganiel January 4, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Hi Martin, I don’t understand how you got out of this post that Rollins thinks human beings are the puppets of manipulative gods – it actually doesn’t say that. Rollins says:
    ‘I will be attempting to outline how the heart of Christianity exposes the reality that we are the brunt of a huge cosmic joke while simultaneously inviting us to laugh along rather than being its comic foil.’ No mention of gods or God, just ‘Christianity’ which is a very different thing.

    And yes, he has a new book out, so if you read the post you can see he refers to it (it is called ‘Insurrection,’ and I have a link to my review of it from some time ago.

  3. John January 12, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Hi, I am from Australia.

    Of course the tragic joke about Christian-ISM is that it aint true and very much past its useful use by date.

    Here are some references which point out why.

    http://www.beezone.com/up/secretsofkingdomofgod.html

    http://www.beezone.com/up/forgottenesotericismjesus.html

    http://www.dabase.org/bloodsac.htm

    http://www.dabase.org/p5egoicsociety.htm

    http://www.adidam.org/teaching/aletheon/truth-god.aspx

    The Truth About Death

    http://www.adidam.org/death_and_dying/index.html

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