Peter Rollins

Peter Rollins


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in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The United Kingdom
March 31, 1973

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Peter Rollins is a Northern Irish writer, public speaker, philosopher and theologian who is a prominent figure in Postmodern Christianity.

Drawing largely from various strands of Continental Philosophy, Rollins' early work operated broadly from within the tradition of Apophatic Theology, while his more recent books have signaled a move toward the theory and practice of Radical Theology. In these books Rollins develops a "religionless" interpretation of Christianity called Pyrotheology, an interpretation that views faith as a particular way of engaging with the world rather than a way of believing things about the world.

In contrast to the dominant reading of Christianity, this more existential approach argues that faith has nothing to do with
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It would be difficult to find anyone who seriously questions the power and wonder of love. Yet the work of love is far from easy and oceans of blood have been spilt in its name. Love may motivate people to do wonderful, truly sacrificial things, but the crime scenes of depression, suicide, murder and wars all show evidence of its involvement. Love is heaven as well as hell. Love is a potent...

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“That which we cannot speak of is the one thing about whom and to whom we must never stop speaking.”
Peter Rollins

“There is a deep sense in which we are all ghost towns. We are all haunted by the memory of those we love, those with whom we feel we have unfinished business. While they may no longer be with us, a faint aroma of their presence remains, a presence that haunts us until we make our peace with them and let them go. The problem, however, is that we tend to spend a great deal of energy in attempting to avoid the truth. We construct an image of ourselves that seeks to shield us from a confrontation with our ghosts. Hence we often encounter them only late at night, in the corridors of our dreams.”
Peter Rollins, The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

“The argument is made that naming God is never really naming God but only naming our understanding of God. To take our ideas of the divine and hold them as if they correspond to the reality of God is thus to construct a conceptual idol built from the materials of our mind.”
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