Pyro-Theology of Insurrection

A review of Insurrection by Peter Rollins

I really do not know how to describe this book. It is a book like few others that I have ever read. It is certainly not simply informational, but it is an experience.

The title is intended to connect the concept of Insurrection with resurrection. The book offers a radical understanding of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It is subversive and disturbing, but also encouraging and motivating.

Peter Rollins’ idea of “pyro-theology” requires us to face darkness, despair, and  abandonment, burning away the idea that religion can be a security blanket to dissuade our insecurities. He forces us to leave behind the comforts of religion as we embrace the cross and dive headlong into life as we embrace resurrection.

Rollins refers to Dietrich Bonhoeffer throughout this book. Bonhoeffer’s perspective on religion and his rejection of a dualistic understanding of the world has informed much of Peter Rollins’ theology.

Although I have a hard time describing Insurrection, I do feel that it is an important book in shaking up some of our excessive religiosity and pushing us into resurrection life.

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