By Peter Rollins

What if one of many center calls for of an intensive Christianity lay in a decision for its betrayal, whereas the last word act of asserting God required the leaving behind of God? And what if constancy to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures demanded their renunciation? in brief, what would it not suggest if the single method of discovering genuine religion concerned betraying it with a kiss?

Employing the insights of mysticism and deconstructive conception, The constancy of Betrayal delves into the subversive and innovative nature of a Christianity that dwells in the church whereas at the same time undermining it.

"About 30 years in the past, I stumbled on the evocative word 'religionless Christianity' in Dietrich Bonhoeffer's later writings, and it has stayed with me ever due to the fact that. In his new ebook The constancy of Betrayal, Peter Rollins has teased out - as Bonhoeffer by no means had the opportunity to do - profound probabilities hidden within the word. As a massive fan of Peter's first ebook, i locate his moment no much less considerate, stimulating, and every now and then unsettling - continually in a such a lot (de)constructive manner. His subversive parables, his shrewdpermanent turns of word, and his beguiling readability all conspire to tempt the reader into that the majority fertile and terrifying of actions - to imagine to the very rim of one's realizing, after which to faithfully think the fact that lies a long way beyond." - Brian McLaren, author/activist

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29 The Ophites sought to add scriptural weight to their sect by relating the curse given to the serpent by God in Genesis to the death of Christ on the Cross, arguing that both suffered at the hands of the divine for attempting to open Ab r a h a m a s t h e Fa t h e r o f Fa i t h ( f u l B e t r aya l ) 39 the eyes of the people. They advocated a type of religious anarchy directed against God, an anarchy that they believed was birthed from the biblical text itself. It would be a mistake to think that such Gnostic ideas were rejected by the church authorities because they stood in such direct opposition to the Bible and were therefore implausible (for, if this were the case, then their falsity would be evident to all).

That is the mystery of Eden, the sign over Cain, that no one who found him might kill him. The serpent is Cain, whose sacrifice was not accepted by the God of this world: he accepted the bloody sacrifice of Abel instead, for the Lord of this world is well pleased with blood. And it is the serpent that in latter days, at the time of Herod, appeared in the form of a man. . So none can be saved and rise again without the Son, who is the serpent. His image was the bronze serpent held up by Moses in the desert.

To truly know and love someone involves acknowledging that person’s 52 T h e F i d e l i t y o f B e t r aya l inscrutable eschatological depths, understanding that the presence of the one before us is always manifested as a type of absence, as an opening. For each person is a universe for us to explore. In this way it is wrong to imagine that we long for someone we love to enter into our world, to come. ” This is why our desire for those we love is born in our encounter with them rather than satisfied there.

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