"The R-Rated Theologian" is an anthology of unabashed Progressive Christian essays by Arik Bjorn, frequent contributor to Patheos and Forward Progressives.
From same-sex marriage to Heaven & Hell to the biblical canon itself, the author tackles all of the sacred cows of Christian theology—including the dreaded Mark of the Beast, 666. (Or is it 616?) While dodging Adam’s snake and Revelation’s horny beast, Bjorn discovers a commonsense Progressive Christianity, where it’s perfectly acceptable to stand beneath a Cloud of Unknowing without an umbrella, yet where age-old standards like Bible chapter and verse notations are found wanting.
As author and creator of the website Christian Evolution, Eric Alexander, states in his introduction: "Arik’s ideas are not so extreme as to disrespect or defile the Christian tradition, but they will push you to think in a considerate and educated way. He is one of today’s true progressive leaders—pushing the envelope but not quite throwing it into the shredder."
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About the Author
Arik Bjorn is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist, but most of all, a dedicated father. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization (or at least humanity's efforts to-date). Bjorn was the 2016 Democratic Party / Green Party fusion U.S. Congressional candidate for South Carolina's 2nd District. His writing has been featured on Forward Progressives and Patheos. His work has been read by lots of folks in 190 countries. Bjorn holds degrees in archaeology/ancient languages and library science. He loves snow and hippos and enjoys retelling the story of how he was once shat upon by pigeons during Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and thereafter fled down the Via Dolorosa in search of a towel. He has six published books: "Waiting for Civilization," "The R-Rated Theologian," "Why Bad Things Happen to Good Parrots," a short story collection "Birds of a Feather," and "So I Ran for Congress," which chronicles his experience running for U.S. Congress against Joe "You Lie!" Wilson. His most recent title is also his first book of verse, "Pocket Lint." Follow Arik Bjorn on Twitter, Facebook and at his website www.VikingWord.com.