Escaping the Sitcom of Life: David Brent, Grotesques and Life Before Death
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Escaping the Sitcom of Life: David Brent, Grotesques and Life Before Death

One of the greatest comedic characters to come out of the UK in recent years is undoubtably David Brent. Created and performed by Ricky Gervas, Brent is a pitiful character; constantly hiding from his self-loathing by unsuccessfully trying to play the part of a successful, funny, attractive and popular Renaissance Man. In this Pyro-seminar, I’ll be using Brent as an example of the universal struggle that is human existence. Not only that, but I’ll be showing how Brent can show us how to bear the weight of that struggle and find a depth of meaning. 

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Atheism for Lent
Feb
11
to Mar 27

Atheism for Lent

By exploring atheism as a spiritual practice of purification, Atheism for Lent offers can a practice of exorcism powerful enough to cast out the religious dogmatism and festering fundamentalism that lurks within our souls.

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Wake | Apocalypse
Apr
15
to Apr 19

Wake | Apocalypse

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a festival that combines incendiary theological exploration with the very best in art, music, magic, comedy, whisky tastings and tours, then Wake is the place for you and this year will the the biggest and best yet

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Awakenings Conference
Apr
26
to Apr 29

Awakenings Conference

The theme for this conference is “Pathfinding in an Age of Polarization.”  I'll be joining various experts as we delve into various theoretical and practical issues regarding political engagement and future church. More information to follow.

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Absurd Cross: Escaping the Tyranny of Certainty and Satisfaction
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Absurd Cross: Escaping the Tyranny of Certainty and Satisfaction

Religions, in both their spiritual and secular varieties, offer various techniques designed to help us live more meaningful, fulfilling and satisfying lives. There are priests and prophets all over the planet ready to tell us that the path to salvation lies in everything from power, money and fame to prayer, meditation and Cross Fit.

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The Madness of Catching Light: On C.S. Lewis, Lacan and the Sublime
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

The Madness of Catching Light: On C.S. Lewis, Lacan and the Sublime

In this seminar I’ll offer a close reading of a story by C.S. Lewis and use it to unpack the nature of desire, the madness that comes from certainty and the nature of the Sublime. I’ll employ the story as a means of shedding light on Lacan’s enigmatic statement, “do not give way on your desire” and draw out the difference between fundamentalist fanaticism and a healthy celebration of the Sublime.

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One Day We Might Live: The Land, Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis
Oct
15
to Oct 19

One Day We Might Live: The Land, Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis

  • Crawfordsburn Inn (N. Ireland) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me in N Ireland for four days of walks, conversations and lounging around open fires with a whiskey while we explore the life of C.S. Lewis and engage with his ideas. There will be tours, debates, music and seminars. All happening in the stunning Crawfordsburn Inn (where Lewis often holidayed, and where he spent his honeymoon with Joy).

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An Atheist Atonement: The Cruciform Structure of Reality
Oct
8
11:00 AM11:00

An Atheist Atonement: The Cruciform Structure of Reality

The central question in Christianity has revolved around the best way to interpret the Crucifixion. Yet this discussion has by not been restricted to the confessional church. Indeed, many philosophers have taken an interest in the Crucifixion. In contrast to religious interpretations we'll explore an approach that sees the Crucifixion as expressing a form of life marked by the end of religion, the loss of meaning and the embrace of the absurd.

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Pints and Parables
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Pints and Parables

  • St Mark's Episcopal Church (NJ) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Parables are a type of weaponised dis-course that knock us off course, onto radically new ones. They tactically confront us with disturbing truths we might otherwise miss and reveal what lies in darkness. At turns funny, poignant, irreverent and shocking, they cut into us with surgical precision, reaching deep into the hidden recesses of our soul, operating on those parts of our being that more direct speech can't touch.

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Building on Fire
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Building on Fire

  • St Mark's Episcopal Church (NJ) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Often Christianity is presented as a set of spiritual experiences, religious rituals and dogmatic affirmations that enable us to interpret our world, escape it or inscribe ourselves more fully into it. In contrast, we'll explore an explosive understanding of faith that is concerned with transforming it. A transformation that can mean liberation in our personal lives, as well as in our wider society. I'd like to invite you to spend the day with me as we delve into these themes and unpack what life before death might actually look like.

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Be Optimistic, Expect Chaos
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Be Optimistic, Expect Chaos

I recently finished a nine week book study on a text which argues that Christianity, far from offering a set of beliefs about the meaning of the world, is a form of existence that embraces and celebrates the end of meaning. In this seminar I’ll outline his argument and draw out how it has been important to the development of Pyrotheology.

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Theology Beer Camp
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Theology Beer Camp

Join Tripp Fuller and myself for a very special two day event where we combine incendiary theological exploration with conversion, a live podcast and the very best in craft beer. Over the two days, Tripp and myself will battle it out with Process in one corner and Pyro in the other.

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Theology Beer Camp
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Theology Beer Camp

Join Tripp Fuller and myself for a very special two day event where we combine incendiary theological exploration with conversion, a live podcast and the very best in craft beer. Over the two days, Tripp and myself will battle it out with Process in one corner and Pyro in the other. 

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Book Group: Christ and the End of Meaning
Jul
9
to Aug 27

Book Group: Christ and the End of Meaning

This is an 8 week in-depth book study on one of my favorite theological texts. A book that happens to be almost unknown, long out of print, and very hard to get. But don't worry, if you sign up, you'll be able to download a PDF of the entire book. It's called Christ and the End of Meaning by Paul Hessert.

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Pints and Parables
May
26
6:30 PM18:30

Pints and Parables

Parables are a type of weaponised dis-course that knock us off course, onto radically new ones. They tactically confront us with disturbing truths we might otherwise miss and reveal what lies in darkness. At turns funny, poignant, irreverent and shocking, they cut into us with surgical precision, reaching deep into the hidden recesses of our soul, operating on those parts of our being that more direct speech can't touch.

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James White Lecture
May
12
to May 14

James White Lecture

  • First Congregational, Colarado Springs, CO (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Peter will be spending two days giving a lecture called "Uncertainty can be a Guiding Light: Christianity, Anxiety and the Absurd", a workshop on Transformance Art and a workshop on Decentering Practices.

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Wake
Apr
24
to Apr 27

Wake

  • Black Box, Belfast, NI (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a festival that combines incendiary theological exploration with the very best in art, music, magic, comedy, whisky tastings and tours, then Wake is the place for you.

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Pyro-Seminar: Sin, Drive and the Creature from Inner Space
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Pyro-Seminar: Sin, Drive and the Creature from Inner Space

With Alien: Covenant dropping in May, I’d like to offer you a deep reading of Prometheus that gives a glimpse into the psychoanalytic concept of Death Drive and a robust theological understanding of Sin. Concepts that reveal what it means to be (in)human and help to ground a pyrotheological understanding of Salvation.

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Pints & Parables: Enduring Love
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Pints & Parables: Enduring Love

This month revolves around a comic book that Peter is currently working on called Enduring Love. The comic is set in the Lonely Forest - located just a stones throw from the famous Hundred Acre Wood - and follows the exploits of various tragic animals as they attempt to endure the exquisite horror of love.

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Building on Fire
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Building on Fire

Often Christianity is presented as a set of spiritual experiences, religious rituals and dogmatic affirmations that enable us to interpret our world, escape it or inscribe ourselves more fully into it. This day will explore an understanding of faith that is concerned with transforming it.

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Building On Fire
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

Building On Fire

Often Christianity is presented as a set of spiritual experiences, religious rituals and dogmatic affirmations that enable us to interpret our world, escape it or inscribe ourselves more fully into it. In contrast, we'll explore an explosive understanding of faith that is concerned with transforming it

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