Located in the cultural heart of Belfast and spread over a variety of historical venues, Wake is a transgressive festival that mixes the best in incendiary intellectual exploration with underground art, music, magic, comedy, cabaret, tours and talks to forge an experience that embodies the destabilizing essence of pyrotheology.
Spark is a carefully crafted five-day event designed for those interested in sparking their creative potential. This is not the type of holiday where you get to briefly escape your everyday life, but one that offers the tools and inspiration to help you make positive changes in your everyday life.
In 2018 I accompanied Rob Bell on his nationwide Holy Shift tour. Each evening I performed a 20 minute set that explored the disturbing, disorienting and dark side of the Holy. This event offers the ‘directors cut’. Come and hear me perform the full unabridged version for one night only (unless it totally sells out, cause then I’ll absolutely be doing another).
Radical Theology represents one of the most innovative, provocative and fertile theological movements of the 20th century. In this five part course, I’ll be introducing this movement, exploring its subsequent development and looking at its relation to pyrotheology.
I’ll be taking part in this fundraiser course that takes on three fundamental aspects of being human, featuring short lectures, conversation, and Q & A with three of today's innovative figures in conversation. I’ll be joining Sexpert Conner Habib, and Mortician Caitlin Doughty.
On 8th April 1966 TIME released an explosive issue that is widely considered to be the most controversial edition in its history. In bold red lettering, set against a black background, the iconic cover simply read “Is God Dead?”. To mark the passing of Altizer, I wanted to do a seminar that offers a close reading of the main article. Everyone doing the seminar will get a PDF of the article.
In this pyro-seminar I’ll be exploring Peterson’s notion of truth, his Jungian view of the subject, and his understanding and use of religious mythology. I’ll be aiming to outline and clarify the difference between Peterson’s Jungian position and psychoanalysis and how this difference plays out in Peterson’s reading of culture.
I’ll be offering four talks that dive into an incredible short book by the philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich called My Search for Meaning. The book is based on a series of lectures that Tillich gave shortly before his death, and it represents his last important work. It also happens to be his most personal work, and one of the clearest overviews of his life work.
I’ll be speaking that this conference that is designed to provide a forum for leftist podcasters, journalists, activists, and academics to educate the public by responding to Jordan B. Peterson as a cultural phenomenon in a mature and critically rigorous manner.
I'll be joining Rob Bell on the second leg of his Holy Shift tour from August to December 2018. Together we explore different ways of understanding the holy that transcends the usual theist/atheist, sacred/secular divides.
One of the most interesting readings of Christianity in the contemporary world has come from the work of literary critic, historian and anthropologist Rene Girard. His profound interpretation of the Crucifixion has cast a whole new light on the way we understand the meaning of Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Some of Bonhoeffer’s most important and misunderstood work revolves around his incendiary writings on "Religionless Christianity". Click here to find out more about this 5 week study, where we dive into this work and explore its radical implications for an understanding of faith
Shortly before his death, Tillich delivered a series of lectures that explored his personal search for meaning. They were posthumously printed alongside illustrations from Saul Steinberg. The result is a beautiful philosophical autobiography that gives a rare insight into the heart and mind of one of the 20th centuries intellectual giants.
Wake is a boutique festival run by the Belfast author Peter Rollins. It draws together people from all over the world, to spend five days reflecting on the art of living into the death of our religious, political and cultural gods. It brings together the best in dissident intellectual exploration with art, music, magic, comedy, and whisky.
With the huge popularity surrounding TED talks, stand-up, podcasts and lectures on Youtube, the hunger for engaging, entertaining and intriguing public speakers is insatiable. With this in mind, I’m keen to spend the day with 40 people who'd like to develop their public speaking skills, learn how to cultivate a platform, and carve out a living from the technology of speech.
Peter Rollins will argue that there is a religionless heart to Christianity that overturns the tables of meaning, clears out the temples of tidy answers and drives out the sellers of certainty. Here the supposed “good news” that we can be all that we can be, is exposed as bad news. In its place we will hear a gospel with the incendiary ability to break down our defenses against the abyss, so that we might confront it face to face.
Held in partnership with Highlands United Church, we are bringing Peter’s Pints and Parables event, a full day workshop and ending with Sunday worship to BC! Open to all ministry staff, lay leaders, youth and young adults, congregational saints, mystics, poets and the curious, this event combines theology, philosophy, and music to take you on a journey into your faith
I'm looking for a small group of practitioners keen to incorporate some pyrotheological techniques. I'll be providing an immersive workspace that will involve diving into Transformance Art and Decentering Practices, exploring leadership skills, working through concrete issues, and providing a space for you to develop networks with other leaders..
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.