A bishop falls in love and resigns: where is the problem?

The still spreading mediatic circus about the already emeritus bishop of Solsona (Catalonia) annoys me deeply. The morbid fascination, gloating, mockery, malicious or unfair personal attack is disgusting to me. Not to mention the serious distortion of human and theological criteria revealed by all that. Xavier Novell –what a relief not to have to add […]

WHICH ATHEISM AND WHICH GOD? On the debate between Albert Chillon and Jesús Martínez Gordo

Jesus, my friend, here you have a couple of new (or old, but, in any case, friendly) notes that your counter-reply suggests to me. 1.- You state that your reasoning is due to the fact that your interlocutor, Albert Chillon, was a hard atheist who did not accept the existence of the “Inexpressible ” or […]

NEITHER PHILOSOPHICAL DEISM NOR “JESU-CHRISTIAN THEISM” Endnotes to some pages by Jesús Martínez-Gordo

Let these reflections be accompanied by the appreciation and affection I have for Jesús Martínez-Gordo, a brilliant, fiery lecturer, and esteemed teaching colleague during my good old days at the Faculty of Theology in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country). These are endnotes to the recent “PLIEGO” (monographic booklet) published in VIDA NUEVA and subsequently posted on ATRIO […]

Ten theological points beyond theism

For quite a few people, the title “After God” may cause deep dismay, or worse. But let’s take a look at the subheading: “Another model is possible”, which refers to the “God model”. Not God as a foundational Reality, but “God” as an interpretative model, as a theoretical framework for understanding reality. Unlike fashion, models […]

PRAYER TO GOD AND GOD’S PRAYER. With regard to a book by Hans Küng

The publication of a small volume by Hans Küng entitled La oración y el problema de Dios[1] [Prayer and the Problem of God] on the www.atrio.org portal as part of the debate on “No-theism and Faith in God” has prompted me to reread it and put forward some reflections on it. Thirty years have passed […]

Pope Francis and the [Spanish] 15M Movement

Because of the 10th anniversary of the 15M that started the movement of the outraged, today loaded with more reasons than 10 years ago, I have been asked to answer two questions: 1) Can Pope Francis be considered as one of the outraged?; 2) Does Francis’s synodality correspond to the time of the public squares […]

To José María Castillo, theologian

Our friend and admired José María Castillo, On 24 April you published an article in your RELIGIÓN DIGITAL blog in which you commented on our book Después de Dios. Otro modelo es posible [After God. Another model is possible] that (by a simple oversight, we assume) you attributed to Roger Lenaers. In it you use […]

Spirituality and Class Struggle

Following a recent talk on “spirituality and political liberation”(*), a friend wrote to me: “I would like you to share your view on spirituality and class struggle.” A good challenge in 2021, a year and time of so many pandemics, many more than that of COVID 19 in all its virulence. Here are some basic […]

Moderation

Moderation is a fundamental virtue of life. And when I say “virtue” I am not referring to its moral, ascetic and religious meaning, but to its etymological sense: force. Moderation means calm life force, serene and invincible energy. It comprises sanity, restraint, temperance. Sanity: the sound judgement of cordiality. Restraint: the wisdom inspired by the […]

Life, death and resurrection of sexual morality

In the 30th year of the common era, better known in the “western world” as “A.D.”, when the first full moon of spring illuminated the night of Palestine, a young and free prophet called Jesus of Nazareth was arrested, summarily tried and sentenced by the Roman procurator to die on a cross at the request, […]