The R-Rated Theologian is an anthology of unabashed Progressive Christian essays by Arik Bjorn, frequent contributor to Patheos and Forward Progressives.
From same-sex marriage to Heaven & Hell to the biblical canon itself, the author tackles all of the sacred cows of Christian theology—including the dreaded Mark of the Beast, 666. (Or is it 616?) While dodging Adam’s snake and Revelation’s horny beast, Bjorn discovers a commonsense Progressive Christianity, where it’s perfectly acceptable to stand beneath a Cloud of Unknowing without an umbrella, yet where age-old standards like Bible chapter and verse notations are found wanting.
Arik Bjorn has published ten books. His most recent title, THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK: AND YOU CAN TOO!, is a "Jesus take the wheel (of cheese!)" health recovery journey memoir.
He also recently published, UBER NIGHTS, about his late-night rideshare adventures in the Deep South. Bjorn has also published a novel, THE PRODIGAL, as well as several essay collections, plus a volume of short stories and poetry.
ARIK BJORN is a novelist and essayist, but most importantly, a dad. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization (or at least humanity's efforts to-date). He also likes to honk at slowpokes.
Bjorn has published ten books. His most recent title, THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK: AND YOU CAN TOO!, is a "Jesus take the wheel (of cheese!)" health recovery journey memoir. (If you're going to lose 85 pounds, might as well write about it.)
He also recently published, UBER NIGHTS, about his late-night rideshare adventures in the Deep South. In South Carolina, you never know if your next passenger will be a naked lady with a toothbrush, a banana spider, or a punch-drunk redneck.
Bjorn has also published a novel, THE PRODIGAL, as well as three essay collections: WAITING FOR CIVILIZATION, THE R-RATED THEOLOGIAN, and WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PARROTS. He has one short story collection, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, as well as a book of verse, POCKET LINT.
SO I RAN FOR CONGRESS chronicles his experience running for U.S. Congress. SHOW & TELL AT WORLD'S END is a social media diary about life in South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He holds degrees in archaeology, ancient languages, and library science. He loves snow and hippos and enjoys retelling the story of how he was once shat upon by pigeons during Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and thereafter fled down the Via Dolorosa in search of a towel.
To read more of Arik Bjorn's writings, visit his website, VIKINGWORD.COM -- he is also active on social media.
In a down to earth tone and some well timed sass Arik Bjorn addresses why fundamentalists often get the Bible wrong and confirms my suspicion that the creation of chapters and verses, hurt the original documents which were devoid of such things. There is however more to this series of essays. There is much in the Bible that has evolved in time that is read as absolutely literal to fundamentalists that missed the point the Bible as a whole is not literal. Reading every line as literal attempts to cram square pegs in round holes, just ask Solomon and any of his 1000 wives and concubine when addressing the "Biblical model of marriage". Scholarly work here written in an easy to understand way that brings the reader back to the notion in 1 Corinthians that love conquers.