Tony Jones Quotes

Twelve Quotes by: Tony Jones of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis Theologian-in-residence.

A new sexual ethic for Christians is desperately needed. I for one am going to work on that. Will you join me?
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 6th February 2013.
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Does this mean that I reject the Lutheran formula of sola scriptura? Well, insofar as sola scriptura is naïve to everyone’s interpretive biases, yes. I don’t think I can actually rely on scripture alone. I am always also reliant upon my own reason to interpret and apply scriptural truth.
Sourced from a booklet: A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin (Kindle Locations 81-84). The JoPa Group. Kindle Edition. by Tony Jones. Dated: 18th March 2012
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God is faithful. Yes she is.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 20th July 2011.
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I don’t know if Savage’s {Dan Savage - sex advice columnist} ethic jibes with a biblical, Christian view of sexuality. But I do know a few things: 1) he’s a helluva lot more realistic about sex than most Christians I’ve talked to about sex; 2) based on my experience on this blog and at the Wild Goose Festival, a lot of Christians really want to talk about sexuality; and 3) many Christians are ready for our conversations about sexuality to expand beyond “what to do with the gays,” and instead have a more fully-orbed dialogue about sexuality and human identity. I also know that, for the first time in my life I’ve met Christians who are in “open” marriages or are practicing polyamory — and I’m committed that my theological/ethical response to them be both Christian and pragmatic/realistic.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 11th July 2011.
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In the aftermath of the myth of objectivity [absolute truth], of fideisims and airtight systems, we’re left to embrace our subjectivity, to revel in it, for it’s only when we accept our own biases that we allow them to be shaped by contrary opinions and biases. One place where this is most poignant is interreligious dialogue.
Book: by Tony Jones entitled: The New Christians p. 155 Published: 24th April 2009.
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I assumed that the doctrine of Original Sin was a biblical notion, and that all Christians accepted it as gospel truth. Of course, neither is true.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 26th January 2009.

With that in mind, I always responded, “I’m holding that issue in abeyance. I haven’t made up my mind yet, and I’m in no hurry to. Homosexuality,” I would say, “Is one issue that I don’t want to get wrong. … And yet, all the time I could feel myself drifting toward acceptance that gay persons are fully human persons and should be afforded all of the cultural and ecclesial benefits that I am. (”Aha!” my critics will laugh derisively, “I knew he and his ilk were on a continuous leftward slide!” … I now believe that GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Transgender persons) can live lives in accord with biblical Christianity ( at least as much as any of us can!) and that their monogamy can and should be sanctioned by church and state.
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 112008.

I am quite convinced that the Bible is a subversive text, that it constantly undermines our assumptions, transgresses our boundaries, and subverts our comforts. This may sound like academic mumbo-jumbo, but I really mean it. I think the Bible is a f___ scary book (pardon my French, but that's the only way I know how to convey how strongly I feel about this).
Source here on the Internet. Dated: 26th March 2006.
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The first time I introduced this, the kids came in, and I had a candle going and a little incense burning and some Gregorian chant music on the CD player
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As a Christian practice {meditation is} inextricably bound up with…silence, the Jesus Prayer, and Centering Prayer,… Further, it’s linked with the recent popularity in the West of Eastern religions, resulting in books with such titles as Christian Zen and Christian Yoga. While this makes some Christians nervous, others revel in the fact that God is revealed in all truth, no matter the religion of origin.
Book: by Tony Jones entitled: Sacred Way pp79, 80 Published: 2005.
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In order to incorporate praying with icons into your personal devotional life, the first item of business is to get an icon…. Shadows are never seen in an icon, and no source of light illuminates the subject's face. The icon itself is a source of light…an icon is not meant to be a depiction of a normal human being but of Jesus or Mary or a saint in their resurrected state
Book: by Tony Jones entitled: The Sacred Way, p. 103 Published: 2005.
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We do not think this [Emergent Church Movement] is about changing your worship service. We do not think this is about... how you structure your church staff. This is actually about changing theology. This is about our belief that theology changes.The message of the gospel changes. It’s not just the method that changes.
Seminar entitled 'A New Theology for A New World'. Dated: 2004

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