I presented my paper on the lived experience of atonement theologies this morning.
First, I took the audience through some of the violent and Othering imagery and metaphors at the end of the Christian bible and explained, based on George Lakoff and Mark Johnson’s research, that metaphors open up patterns of thought and interpretation as well as restrict them. Then I shared historical and contemporary examples of Adventists and Christians failing to acknowledge or intervene in the suffering of Others. (During a panel later in the day, I also offered some counter-examples: we have options!)
My host, the Association of Adventist Forums, plans to publish this morning’s talk. It was also audio recorded, and I’ll be able to share it when it’s available.
I love reading, studying, writing, and sharing my work. I also put a lot of time and effort into developing this talk and a related response to the keynote speaker.
It was hard. It was also worth it. I got to ship my work and connect with people who resonated with the material, said they felt moved by my examples, or gained a new way to think about the consequences of our beliefs and sacred texts for how we treat one another in community.
Sometimes things that are really hard to do are also really fun to do.
Thanks to the AF board and conference team for inviting me.