Holy Hybridity, Batman! John Caputo & Bill Maher bend my mind

I feel like my brain went to some kind of a weeklong workout this week – and realized it was a bit out of shape.  A bit like when you get too much sun, or take a long bike ride, or after Thanksgiving dinner binge. Similarly, I vow to be more moderate, and disciplined in giving my brain some exercise.

A friend with a pass to Religulous, the new movie with Bill Maher, invited me to the preview. It was funny and fast-paced, and I actually learned some things along the way. About the Jefferson Bible, Mormon underwear and the Vatican astronomer for starters.  See: http://www.religulousmovie.net/

The next day I went to the first of 3 public lectures with John Caputo at UBC. If the movie was an array of appetizers and snacks, Caputo presented not one but three large meals – that I’m still digesting.

http://religion.syr.edu/caputo.html

After the second one on “Theology of the Event”, I approached him with my nascent understanding that perhaps the “event” had some similarities to “archetypes” (something I know more about.) I started my question by saying, “This is all new to me, so I’m struggling with the concept of the Event.”  He replied, “I’ll bet you are!” 

To my mind, although Bill Maher is saying he’s “anti-religion” (but in favour of doubt – “Doubt’s what I’m selling.”) and Caputo is at Syracuse University teaching religion and humanities, I’d say they have a lot more in common than not. In fact, I began to imagine Maher interviewing Caputo, and then thinking he could do a second movie, with Caputo in tow, and then I decided to post this modest blog entry and see what others might say.

Religulous (pronounced relijulus – a hybrid of religion and ridiculous) opens this Friday at the Fifth Avenue in Vancouver – and lots of other places.

Caputo has written on post-modernity (He says he always includes “post-modern” in the title if he wants to draw a crowd) and deconstruction (A recent book is: What Would Jesus Deconstruct).

Back to the title of this post, I knew multiplicity or plurality were key parts of post-modernism, but learned the new (to me) term hybridity.

H is for Hybridity.

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