I first encountered Peter Rollins’ work through his How (Not) to Speak of God in about 2006. Instantly, I became enthralled. For the first time I felt as if a pastor understood where I was coming from and what I was trying to do. I had already encountered this approach into Christianity through my minimal contact with Mark Taylor (Erring: A Postmodern A/theology) and John D. Caputo (Against Ethics), but they were theologians, not pastors. They weren’t trying to bring it to life amidst a flesh and blood community. Ever since first contact, I’ve been a fan.
My understanding of radical theology seems a bit different than Rollins’. Yet, he is an actual philosopher whereas I just wing it, so I will defer to him for accuracy. In the following video he introduces non-academics to the distinctives of the radical tradition. Brace yourself for information overload. This is a lot for ten minutes, so you may need to watch it more than once.