The Christian Scientist have their “Reading Room,” so I thought why not a Reading Room on the Side Streets? Now, this Reading Room is not run by the Christian Scientist Sect, although I must admit that The Christian Science Monitor quite often does a good job with news commentary. Here, in this Reading Room, SIDE STREET GOD provides links to thought-provoking essays, blogs, and other items that speak to our quest for Side Street God. And don’t forget, reviews of Side Street God-centric literature can be found over at the Sophia Library. Like in most reading rooms, the material linked to here will change over time.
“Queering as Eucontaminant Reorganization,” an essay by Paul R. Hoard, Willa (Billie) Hoard. (Source: The Other Journal)
Synopsis: Truth and Queerness as Eucontamination — Eucontamination is a theological concept that we have previously articulated to describe an inversion of the disgust reaction. Disgust is commonly considered a boundary-enforcing mechanism that operates on a binary logic of pure/unclean, reducing everything into either clean or unclean classifications to protect the self. Those things categorized as pure or sterile require protection and insulation from external contaminants that would pollute or infect that which is pure. Food and medical equipment, for example, are kept separate from potential germs, bacteria, and other contaminants that can threaten their cleanliness. Importantly, this purity requires absolute cleanliness and is thus fragile. No amount of a pollutant can be tolerated—consider for a moment how much saliva you would tolerate in your drinking water. Conversely, whatever is gross has a robust, powerful essence that eliminates any purity with which it comes into contact.
“The Prodigal Architect: Finding the Sacred in a Profane Life” by Duo Dickinson / 7.25.22 (Source: Mockingbird)
Synopsis: “Why we live our lives, reveals what is sacred to us – the joyous, inspiring, irrationally meaningful portion that manifests what we love.”
[Editor’s note: Duo Dickinson works as an architect and has worked on over 20 religious places.]
I am an astrophysicist. I am also a Christian by Deborah Haarsma / 7.08.22 (Source: “The Well” in BIG THINK)
Synopsis: “Like so many things in our society today, science and religion have become polarized, one seemingly pitted against the other. It need not be this way. Luminaries from the Scientific Revolution, like Galileo and chemist Robert Boyle, wrote extensively about their faith. At a fundamental level, science and Christianity share key values, including curiosity, humility, and service.”
[Editor’s Note: Dr. Deborah Haarsma is President of BioLogos. She is an astronomer and frequent speaker on modern science and Christian faith at research universities, churches, and public venues.]
The Following Websites Always are Worth Reading:
Mockingbird “Mockingbird is a ministry that seeks to connect the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways.”
Taming Wicked Problems. “Wicked problems present us with a predicament: They are messy, confusing, dynamic, ill-structured, and ambiguous. There are no final solutions, only temporary arrangements. Yet most of the important problems we face in our lives are wicked and not tame. As parents, leaders, managers, colleagues, spouses and friends, we have no real choice except to face up to them and do our best.” The website is written by Joseph C. Bentley, Ph.D.
The Work of the People: Films for discovery and transformation. “A spiritual visual library and virtual sanctuary for a growing community of people from all walks of life. Some of us have found it difficult to keep our faith when there wasn’t a place to hold our pain or grief. When there wasn’t a place to groan while our wounds healed.” – Travis Reed, founder/filmaker