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RadicalChristianity has developed as a community discussing the intersection of philosophy, theology, critical theory, power dynamics, antifascist action, and revolutionary politics. As such, we are interested in affirmative outreach to those historically harmed by the christian church (including the non-institutional church and state-controlled churches.)

All are welcome and invited to participate!

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Who We Are

/r/radicalChristianity has emerged as a community of people discussing the intersection of philosophy, theology, critical theory, and revolutionary politics. We are interested in re-investing Christianity with its transgressive elements, and as such we are openly against oppressive discourses (sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, speciesism, ableism, colonialism, imperialism).

We are interested in exploring both philosophical and theological thought and action. The definitions of "radical" and "Christianity" each carry a certain denotative vagueness while still retaining enough connotative force to be a mostly accurate descriptor of who we are as a group.

We are presently encouraging the use of pseudonyms, as if in a true Kierkegaardian fashion. We also encourage generally inclusive embrace of styles, however we also take heart to make a "special" embrace of those people who make the general inclusive embrace.

Many of us find our beliefs marked by a certain desire for disassociation with and transgression against conventional Christian institutions and culture. We support divergent forms of thinking. Together we are a group consisting of materialists, idealists, realists, anti-realists, pragmatists, mystics, theists, atheists, occultists, heretics, socialists, anarchists, communists, Marxists, pacifists, insurrectionists, and many other identities burdened with either an inordinate number of prefixes or else with none at all.

With such a broad definition of "radicality" and "Christianity", we find that group discussion is of paramount importance. Viewpoints that may initially seem odd or shocking are often filled with critical insights and viable possibilities of being that a cursory dismissal would otherwise overlook.

Suggested Reading

Reddit Links
FAQ (Work in Progress)
Our First andSecond AMA's
Death of God Theology AMA on /r/trueChristian
A Note on Marriage and Homosexuality that is worth reading and indicative of general sentiment, if not official policy.
PokerPirate's Tax Resistance

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Get Involved

Check out our monthly Mixtape threads and let us know more about your interests in our monthly What are you reading? thread.

Check out our zine website.

Issues: [1]

We are also on Discord

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Non-theistic Christianity - Examples?

I consider myself to be a Christian who opposes theism (in its precise traditional philosophical definition). The equation of the God of the Trinity and the Gospel with the God of traditional theism seems like a dangerous mistake, which actually obscures the gospel. I know there is a lot to flesh out here, so I'm not looking to debate. I'm mostly just wondering, as someone fairly new to the church (long story) and mostly acquainted with theology through secular academic philosophy, is this position represented elsewhere in Christian discourse? If so, who should I read who takes this kind of line?

29 Comments
2024/06/21
12:11 UTC

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Prayer

Could you please pray for miraculous healing for me? I am very ill.

3 Comments
2024/06/19
16:06 UTC

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Prayer

Could you please pray for miraculous healing for me? I am very seriously ill.

7 Comments
2024/06/19
15:52 UTC

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Entry resources at the Adult-Novice level? Good resources to learn about Christianity without a lot of "Christian speak"?

Hello, I'm 22 and looking to adopt a Christian faith.

Much how highly technical STEM professions need "communicators" to speak with the public, I sometimes find Christian reading inaccessible.

I think it's really beautiful that Christians create such a strong connection with Christian concepts, like "Kingdom of God" or "Spirit of God", but I'm still just learning to "feel it".

The best resource that I've found and loved for exposing myself to the Christian faith has actually been Alcoholics Anonymous resources because it's very much "Having a Religion 101" but also at the adult level (I'm not an alcoholic, I got the idea from a book).

Does anyone have any other ideas? Or been in my shoes?

Thank you.

24 Comments
2024/06/17
04:10 UTC

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Weekly Prayer Requests - June 16, 2024

If there is anything you need praying for please write it in a comment on this post. There are no situations "too trivial" for G-d to help out with. Please refrain from commenting any information which could allow bad actors to resolve your real life identity.

As always we pray, with openness to all which G-d offers us, for the wellbeing of our online community here and all who are associated with it in one form or another. Praying also for all who sufferer oppression/violence, for all suffering from climate-related disasters, and for those who endure dredge work, that they may see justice and peace in their time and not give in to despair or confusion in the fight to restore justice to a world captured by greed and vainglory. In The LORD's name we pray, Amen.

3 Comments
2024/06/16
21:15 UTC

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Opinions on this argument?

Wanted to know people's thoughts on arguments like this. Im not trying to debate or flame anyone I am more just curious how you would l respond to this.

3 Comments
2024/06/16
20:57 UTC

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Does church-building count as praxis?

Annually, I participate in a week-long building project in the continental US, where roughly 150 people from churches all over travel to provide free labor to church construction projects, usually in rural, poorer communities.

We arrive to a concrete slab and piles of materials, and leave a framed, roofed, dried-in structure. It's a remarkable effort by a group of mostly non-trades people.

Every day we do worship, share testimony and personal stories of God's work in our lives, and eat meals together.

The Church members and local community host our living situations while we are there, and so the group gets to engage intimately with the community they're building up.

The project is run like an adhocracy, and the community on the project works similar to a anarcho-socialist pattern.

The thing is, it's all evangelical conservatives.

Does it count?

On one hand, the the work will almost certainly perpetuate much of the ignorance that pervades evangelicalism. On the other, it effectively demonstrates how different things could be- I have really good conversations with folks who are usually difficult to reach otherwise that previously didn't believe change was possible, but can't deny the evidence around them.

What do you think?

9 Comments
2024/06/16
14:23 UTC

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What is the theological position on suicide as a form of protest, like in the case of Aaron Bushnell or the monks during the Vietnam War?

Did they commit an unforgivable sin? Or are they martyrs for justice?

I believe they are martyrs, but I would like to know what biblical references theologians have used to debate this topic.

26 Comments
2024/06/13
22:30 UTC

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Could I be allowed to own a cross necklace / a Virgin Mary necklace ?

Hi, I'm making this post because I need to know the opinion of Christians before making any decisions.

I'm a polytheistic and a devotee to Anubis. I do believe that all the Gods and Goddesses exist, that Jesus exists, every religious figure exist. For me, all the divine beings that humans believed in exist, and you just choose who you are going to pray.

You may have understood that I am not Christian. However, I feel deeply connected to the Virgin Mary, who I love and respect. And lately, I've been more and more drawn to Jesus. And since it started, I realised I was thinking about owning a cross necklace. It is very weird to explain why I feel like I should be wearing one, but it just seems right to me.

The thing is, I do not want to be disrespectful to Christianity and Christians. I know it is a very powerful and meaningful symbol, so I didn't want to come as an insulting individual. I don't see it as a simple accessory "for style". I know its roots and I know its message.

So, what do Christians think about my situation ? Would it be disrespectful ?

If someone ever reads or even answers, thank you, may your God protect you <3

(also, please please please respect my own faith. Do not tell me it's the beginning of my path to Christianity. I have my own religion, and I think it is as beautiful as yours, and that it deserves as much respect. I am perfectly happy and comfortable in my faith and with my Gods, so thank you to respect and understand that <3)

(lastly, I'm sorry for my broken English, as it is not my first language. I did my best to be as clear as possible, but if anyone needs clarification, I'd be happy to answer)

EDIT : I would like to thank everyone who has answered for your kindness and your patience. I may have sounded stupid in my post, but once again I was scared I might be insulting. I know that, like someone said, people will assume that I might be Christian. But, like a lot of you noted, as long as I'm true to myself and not using it to cause any harm, it should be fine. Thanks to all of you, again. You all are lovely people and all your answers warmed my heart. Bless you all <3

30 Comments
2024/06/13
19:51 UTC

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Interfaith Rally for a Free Palestine

Hi all, American Baptist checking in. On July 28-30 Christians for a Free Palestine and at least a dozen other organizing faith groups from across multiple religions are convening in Washington for actions to call for the end of the genocide in Palestine, the end of Israel's apartheid and occupation, and ultimately for a Free Palestine! This is a movement bounded in the liberatory movement of the Palestinian Jew, Jesus, and led by Palestinian Christians in the US and Palestine.

There are options for in person and virtual action, and there's even a VBS being organized for kids and families in attendance! If you are convicted of your responsibility to act for the signatures of the divine in Israel and Palestine, check out the landing page for the Interfaith Rally for a Free Palestine here:

https://christiansforafreepalestine.com/events/july28-30

4 Comments
2024/06/13
01:23 UTC

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Mark Rottenson's Support for First Amendment in North Carolina!

Secular satanists have been restricting Christian worship for too long!

As governor, Mark Rottenson will close indoctrination centers, or what some call "public schools."

https://markrottensonfornc.com/manifestos/

14 Comments
2024/06/12
20:42 UTC

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Did Jesus Christ believe that Moses was a real person?

16 Comments
2024/06/12
18:33 UTC

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Just read Ellul's Anarchy and Christianity. Who is Adrien Duchosal, the Catholic priest who wrote the little essay at the end?

Looking to learn more about Adrien Duchosal. Has he written anything else?

1 Comment
2024/06/11
11:44 UTC

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What is you're standpoint on LGBTQ within the faith?

Firstly I apologize in advance if I say anything offensive, please bare with me and correct me I'm always willing to learn.

I grew up in a pretty conservative church and grew up with idea you cannot entire heaven if you are trans, or apart of the LGBTQ.

As a child I didn't question this, and luckily I moved to a liberal space I'm grateful for this it opened up my world and gave me different perspectives.

And one of the things that pushed my own perspective is the LGBTQ, I met actually people within the community and not some demonized group I was always told about.

But now I'm not very sure where I should go, I don't think I have enough knowledge of the bible to make a full conclusion if being apart LGBTQ is against God's will.

While I myself hasn't been interested in being bi or trans, I still want to love people to the best of my ability. And I need to know so I can navigate relationships with the community better.

Please give me your perspective on this. There's a major back and forth constantly about translations and opinions and I'm not sure what to think.

61 Comments
2024/06/10
17:33 UTC

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Under what circumstances is a military conflict considered acceptable from a theological perspective?

Would Jesus have been on the side of Israel or Palestine in the current war? He seems very pacifistic so I assume he would be against most wars. But under what circumstances, if any, would he believe war is justifiable? Would he have also been against going to war with Germany during ww2? Even if doing so could prevent a more widespread genocide of Slavs and surviving Jews?

28 Comments
2024/06/09
23:37 UTC

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Weekly Prayer Requests - June 09, 2024

If there is anything you need praying for please write it in a comment on this post. There are no situations "too trivial" for G-d to help out with. Please refrain from commenting any information which could allow bad actors to resolve your real life identity.

As always we pray, with openness to all which G-d offers us, for the wellbeing of our online community here and all who are associated with it in one form or another. Praying also for all who sufferer oppression/violence, for all suffering from climate-related disasters, and for those who endure dredge work, that they may see justice and peace in their time and not give in to despair or confusion in the fight to restore justice to a world captured by greed and vainglory. In The LORD's name we pray, Amen.

1 Comment
2024/06/09
21:15 UTC

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Help me name the fellowship group I'm starting

I tried to look through the rules to see if I could post this here and it looks like I can. I'm starting an ecumenical liberation theology fellowship group, and I need a name for it so I can make an Instagram page. I'm in the north Georgia area, bartow to be exact. I myself am Episcopalian, formerly Orthodox, and very much a mystic in my practices. If that helps strike up inspiration. I'm also an anarcho-syndicalist, and plan to run this purely as an equilateral horizontally organized group in accordance with that, so I don't really want it named after me in any way, I'm just a founder not the leader. Thank you for the help!

6 Comments
2024/06/07
16:46 UTC

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