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Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

In part three of this discussion, Paul Axton and Megan Kenyon talk about the failures and inadequacies of Utopian societies and attempt to describe the ideal understanding of the Christian community - especially as it relates to the embodied human condition and the need to meet the entirety of human needs. As a female artist, Megan describes the particular struggle of women in the Church.

Part 3 of 3.

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Paul Axton preaches: Persons were a minority among people of first century Rome. Onesimus and Jesus did not qualify as Persons according to Roman law. Christ, by becoming a slave, overturns the valuation system of the world and in the process redefines what it means to be a person.

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In part two of this interview, Megan Kenyon describes the blossoming of art in its relation to the renaissance and reformation, and then the fragmenting of thought and theology as reflected in modern art.

Part 2 of 3

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Paul Axton quotes two poets, Woodie Guthrie and Jason Rodenbeck, to make the point that bad theology fused with capitalism enslaves. We are to be about the work of redemptive creation care in all of our labors.

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In part one of this interview, Megan Kenyon and Paul Axton discuss the role of art in the life of the Christian and the theology of art.

Part 1 of 3

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Paul Axton preaches: Is slavery a metaphor for sin and not itself sin or is slavery a type of sin? How we answer this question not only determines our reading of Philemon but determines if we recognize that economics and socio-political forces are part of what enslaves us and constitute a part of what Christ frees us from.

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Paul Axton explains Zizek and the core of Lacanian theory as it overlaps with the apostle Paul.

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In this sermon, Paul Axton suggests that the manner in which slavery is subverted by Paul is the mode in which the Kingdom is made a reality. Radical subordination enacts the subversion of the City of Man and marks the City of God.

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Paul Axton preches: Christendom held out the promise of an enduring social structure impacted by Christ. Christendom failed and every form of this faith is bound to fail. So what are we left with?

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Paul Axton preaches by depicting engagement with the truth of Christ and contrasting it with the detachment of the alternative understanding characterized by idolatry but also by any focus on religious experience.

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