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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Consuming Jesus Blog

A while back I reviewed Paul Louis Metzger’s excellent new book Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church.  The kinds of discussions that this book enters into are now being furthered by the newly-launched Consuming Jesus Blog, which will feature posts from a variety of people, including some of my fellow-students […]

Jenson, Jüngel, and the Resurrection

In my recent re-reading of the works of Eberhard Jüngel I’ve noticed a far stronger connection that I saw before between his theology and the theology of Robert Jenson.  While there are certain central differences between the two (most notably in their respective understandings of justification, the sacraments, and eccleisology), they are extremely close in […]

Jesus as God’s Self-Interpretation

One of the central theses of Eberhard Jüngel’s book God’s Being is in Becoming is that the doctrine of the Trinity is our interpretation of God’s own self-interpretation.  For Jüngel, God’s revelation perfectly corresponds to Godself.  The triune God is the one who corresponds to himself.  His being is his act, and the revelation of the […]

Identity Politics Exposed

“For each identification (the creation or cobbling together of identity) creates a figure that provides a material for its investment by the market. There is nothing more captive, so far as commercial investment is concerned, nothing more amenable to the invention of new figures of monetary homogeneity, than a community and its territory or territories. […]

The Risks of Theology

“The first risk theology runs is not the risk of being judged wrong; it is the risk of being judged meaningless.  There will always be those who reject the though of the involvement of the Absolute in the sufferings of Jesus, and will deny the truth of Christianity accordingly.  But when positivism rejects theological propositions […]

The Psalms as Inter-Trinitarian Dialogue

A while back I posted a Christological Theology of the Psalms.  At the end of that post I suggest that the Psalms can be read fruitfully as a an inter-trinitarian dialogue, that is as a conversation between the Son and the Father in the Spirit.  This has a prima facie plausibility to me in light […]

The Church in Public or the Church as Public?

Much ink is constantly being spilt on the nature of the “public role” of the church.  I have a few problems with the way that such discussions of “public theology” are often framed, however.  The main issue is that the church is not “public” by virtue of participating in a somehow wider “public sphere” where […]

Love Alone can Involve itself with Death

“Resurrection means the overcoming of death.  But death will cease only when it no longer consumes the life which excludes it, but when life has absorbed death into itself.  The victory over death, which is the object of faith’s hope on the basis of God’s identification with the dead Jesus which took place in the […]

Reclaiming Christ’s Time

Throughout the history of the Christian church, one of the crucial ways in which the church has fostered is particular ethos and distinctive identity has been through the rhythms and celebrations of a particular calendar.  The Christian liturgical year embodies a way of ordering time which is distinctively shaped by the Christian narrative.  The seasons […]

Karl Barth Blog Conference 2008: Update

As it turns out my own proposal for a plenary paper for this year’s Karl Barth Blog Conference will be published on day three of the conference.  The title for my piece is “A Still Greater Historicity:  Hegel, Jüngel, and the Historicization of God’s Being”.  This paper will exmine  the role of Hegel in Jüngel’s trinitarianism […]

Jüngel: The Poverty of Jesus and the Being of God

“If one understands the divinity of God out of its unity with the poverty of the existence of the Crucified One, then God’s being can no longer be thought as infinite in contrast with every finitude, and certainly not as independence in contrast with every dependence, and obviously not as an eternity which excludes time, […]

Israel in Christian Theology

One of the issues I often come back to in seeking to understand the overarching flavor of various theologians is the way in which Israel as the people of God functions within their various theologies.  I suggest a couple preliminary points about how one’s theology of Israel affects one’s overall theology, particularly ecclesiology. First, how one […]

Jesus Joins the Blogosphere

So apparently Jesus Christ himself now has his own blog.  It consists of pretty much nothing but the sayings of Jesus on various social issues like wealth, violence, love of enemies, etc.  The funny thing about the blog is the litany of conservative evangelical commentators on the blog that decry what’s being said as “hippie” […]

Our Existence in its Questionableness: The Nature of Theology

“Christian theology is not a detached, purely theoretical abstraction, which has somehow to be made practical.  It itself is the voice of man’s actual existence in movement from darkness toward the light.  We cannot treat the ignorance and confusions of our rational minds as merely preliminary problems, which if once solved, still leave us unfructified […]

What Makes a Sacramental Theology “High”?

One of the things that often gets kicked around in ecclesial discussions is the issue of a “high” versus a “low” sacramental theology.  However, there are some interesting ambiguities that I note in most of these discussions.  In the first place, I find it odd that whenever we are talking about “sacramental theology” we are […]

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