Pirates, Heretics, and The Fidelity of Fidelity

TricksterClaiming the crown for the most interesting theological blogologue this month (and showing that British folks can generally disagree much more agreeably than we Americans*) is a fascinating conversation on tricksters, consumerism, tradition, spiritual piracy, revolution, orthodoxy, heresy, and much, much more. Here’s a roundup lifted from chief provocateur Kester Brewin:

Well first actually, read Kester’s original series. Then…

Richard Sudworth’s original repost

Pete Rollins’ counter to Richard

Richard’s counter to Pete

Pete’s return

Jonny Baker’s middle-way reflection

Maggi Dawn’s thoughts [ 1 ] [ 2 ]

Mark Berry’s thoughts

Simon Cross’ thoughts

Jason Clark’s contribution

Mike Radcliffe’s thoughts

Bill Kinnon’s (rather cantankerous) thoughts on Jonny and Richard’s thoughts

Tractor Girl’s thoughts

Backburner’s thoughts on piracy and the economics of information

Ben Edson’s thoughts

Whew! Seriously, folks, this is some good readin’. I still don’t know where I come out in all of this, but I couldn’t imagine a more engaging group of people to (dis/)agree with.

Lemme know if I’m missing any weigh-ins. Perhaps I’ll post my own, once I’m caught up on my studies

*Note: I’m talking about in relationship to general US political/spiritual internet chatter, not the American (and Canadian) folks who weighed in on this particular discussion!

3 Responses to “Pirates, Heretics, and The Fidelity of Fidelity”


  1. 1 Irritable October 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for this! I’m excited just see to someone else familiar with Peter Lamborn Wilson, and the quality of engagement among Kester, Richard, and Pete is enjoyable too.

  2. 2 Travis Greene October 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I can barely keep up with anything Pete Rollins writes.

    I do think the pirate/trickster/heretic is a helpful figure, a prophet in many ways. But I suspect we need priests as well as prophets.

  3. 3 becky October 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    The problem was that just as in US circles, this ceased becoming a yes/and discussion at some point and was more my way or the highway. That’s unfortunate.


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