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Monthly Archives: December 2007

Radical Ecumenism

“A theological conception of unity is radical precisely in that it is out of our control.  It unsettles us and takes us uncomfortably beyond ours desires for mastery, possession, and ownership. … For conservatives, ecumenism is an instrumental and strategic task of bringing the other to our side; for liberals, ecumenism is an expression of […]

My best reads in 2007

These aren’t necessarily books that all came out this year, but simply the most memorable and/or helpful books I happened to read this year.  My best read, I would have to say is Herbert McCabe’s What Ethics is All About: A Re-Evaluation of Law, Love, and Language.  A better analysis of Christian ethics, particularly in […]

Hither, thither, and yon

Thom Stark has posted an excellent and extremely thorough series of posts on the reality of early Christian pacifism.  It deserves much reading.   Also, my good friend Christian is making a triumphant return to the blogoshphere, with some great posts on Stanley Hauerwas and Herbert McCabe. Likewise worthy of note is David Horstkoetter’s recent post […]

Updated Index of Posts on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Here is a further-updated list of all my posts on ecclesiology and ecumenism: On Remaining Protestant Protestantism and Catholicity Apostolic Succession or Theological Continuity? The Persistence of Protestant Identity: More Harm than Good? Unity and the Papal Office: What Alternative is There? “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”: What does it really mean? Wannewetsch on […]

The Silliness of Ecumenism in the Global North

In all the discussions, such as the ones I’ve participated in on ecumenism, I have a nagging suspicion of these conversations.  This is not to say that I do not think that there is a basic rightness to such discussions, only that perhaps they may be missing some glaring missiological facts that could chasten and […]

Three Theological Quotes on Capitalism

First, I think that Christians should stop yakking about ‘consumerism.’ ‘Consumerism’ is not the problem—capitalism is. Consumerism is the work ethic of consumption, the transformation of leisure and pleasure into duties. Talking about consumerism is a way of not talking about capitalism, and I’ve come to think that that’s the reason why so many people, […]

I must really just not be a Christian…

Today this blog has gotten two hits off of the search engine term “theology orgasm”.   Wow.  I think we have a new winner. So, the question to all you lifeless theology readers out there is which theologian, when read, comes closest to fitting this description?  I’ll understand if nobody comments.

This would have been a better pirates movie I’m sure…

Why are you what you are?

Bob posted a question for protestants a while back inquiring about why they were not Catholic.  More recently Fr. John Fenton, an Eastern Orthodox priest has asked people to share why they are not Orthodox.  While the comments on these threads have been interesting, the discussions have been structured in a primarily negative way.  They […]

The Protestant as Critic

The liberal Protestant is essentially a critic. He is a critic of the Bible, a critic of tradition, a critic of traditional Christian morality, a critic of anything that is the received religion. The liberal Protestant feels obliged to pick it apart, reduce it to facts and submit the mysteries of the faith to human […]

Exploring the Rule of Benedict §4: Contemporary Protestant Approriations of the Benedictine Tradition

In the last number of years, there are a variety of different protestant communities and churches that have come together in ways that resemble and glean from the Benedictine way. This movement has come to be known as the “New Monasticism”. Throughout the United States and the United Kingdom a variety of different monastic-style communities […]

Exploring the Rule of Benedict §3: Distinctives and Contributions of the Benedictine Tradition

While the spirituality of the Rule of Benedict is multifaceted, there are two basic principles of Benedictine spirituality that have been identified by the followers of Saint Benedict. The first is that the divine presence is everywhere. This is emphasized throughout the Rule of Benedict, both in that God sees all things, and that because […]

The Precarious Nature of Christian (dis)Identity

Right now I’m utterly enjoying Chris Huebner’s recent book, A Precarious Peace.  In it he offers a series of “Yoderian reflections” on theology, knowledge and identity.  His central concern is to engage in theology from the paradigm of John Howard Yoder’s “methodological non-Constantinianism.”  What this meant for Yoder went beyond the simply historical narratives of […]

The Father Almighty

While Zizioulas’ views regarding the monarchy of the Father are, in some important respects problematic, he does offer some very helpful ways in which to understand the person of the Father, a subject woefully neglected in contemporary trinitarian theology.  A chief issue that Zizioulas illumines is the matter of the Creed which proclaims belief in […]

Zizioulas on the Father as Cause

One of the points on which John Zizioulas has been roundly criticized is on his insistence that the Father be understood as the arche of the Trinity.  The Father, on Zizioulas’ view, informed by the Cappadocians, is the ground of the personhood of the Son and the Spirit in a distinctly a-symmetrical way.  The Son […]

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