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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Luther: The Standard Story

It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that throughout the ages since the Reformation Luther has tended to be viewed primarily as the harbinger of an entirely new form of Christianity, standing in radical discontinuity with all preceding Christian tradition. On the standard reading, Luther “was haunted by a question for which […]

Reflections on Evangelical Blogs (1)

In a recent post at the collaborative blog, Pen and Parchment, where one is is never wont to find standard conservative evangelical fare, these two axioms are put forth at the beginning of a discussion of the much belaboured evangelical discussion of women in ministry: “There are some things that women are better at than […]

Christian Desire in a Culture of Pornography

Jason Byassee has a great article in the January edition of First Things on the culture of internet pornography.  Here’s just two paragraphs: “Early Christians were baptized nude. It is one of the most striking images from the early Church, all the more so given our forebears’ supposed repression and our age’s proud liberation. When Paul […]

Rev. Wright at the National Press Club

This is absolutely necessary viewing by those that wish to understand the recent controversies about black liberation theology in current American political discourse.  Reverend Wright should be commended for his courage and prophetic stance in a culture of amnesia which continues to avoid telling the truth about its own history. Part 1: [youtube=] Part 2: […]

The Nature of Historical Theology

In his book, Historical Theology, Geoffrey Bromiley notes that historical theology is neither simply church history, nor the history of theology.  Rather, it is, itself theology.  Historical theology, if it is to bear that name must be intelligible as being in and of itself a theological task.  In other words, historical theology is itself actually […]

The Best Theologian-Writer?

One of the wonderful things that is a sad rarity in reading theology is to find a theologian who is also an excellent writer.  Sadly the greatest of theologians are often some of the worst writers you’ll ever read.  I remember my glee in reading Alan Lewis’ wonderful book Between Cross and Resurrection because not […]

More Yoder, More Tradition

“What we then find at the heart of our tradition is not some proposition, scriptural or promulgated or otherwise, which we hold to be authoritative and therefore exempted from the relativity of hermeneutical debate by virtue of its inspiredness.  What we find at the origin is already a process of reaching back again to the origins, […]

Obsessing Over Coolness

Ok, I think that theological treatments of pop culture phenomena like movies, music, and such are fine as far as they go.  Some of them are quite good indeed.  However I’m a little annoyed about how ‘Theology and Popular Culture’ is becoming some sort of theological genre.  Frankly I think its the kind of obsessing […]

Yoder on the Authority of Tradition

“We are not talking about ‘the authority of tradition’ as if tradition were a settled reality and we were then to figure out how it works.  We are asking how, within the maelstrom of the traditioning process, we can keep our bearings and distinguish between the way the stream should be going and side channels […]

The Narcotic-to-Theologian Correspondence

Well, if for me Cavanaugh is heroin, what narcotic, I wonder might the rest of my favorite theologians be? Robert Jenson – Ecstasy…because he’s just that exciting. Herbert McCabe – Marijuana…because you can always come back to him, and he should be shared generously with friends and strangers. Hans Urs von Balthasar – Acid…because he […]

Theological Heroin

I just got my new copy of William Cavanaugh’s new book, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire.  It looks like another great, but brief book, not unlike his previous Theopolitical Imagination, though this book is clearly designed more for laypeople seeking to work out the shape of their lives on a microeconomic scale. For me, […]

Lindbeck on Ecumenism

“Unitive ecumenism, among other things, needs to be reconcieved.  It can no longer be thought of, as I have done most of my life, as a matter of reconciling relatively intact and structurally still-Constantinian communions from the top down.  Rather it must be thought of as reconstituting Christian community and unity from, so to speak, […]

Five Theses on the Christian Year

I have argued previously that liturgical time is political and that it froms the church in a particular sort of community.  The way in which calendars are formulated are inevitably political.  Calendars encode particular sorts of politics and generate particular sorts of persons and communities, what sort of polity and person is presupposed and evoked by […]

Being Determined

“We are reconciled to the Father in that the Spirit reconciles us to the Father’s reconciled Son.  Therefore our meaning, our identity and purpose, are determined so: we are what the Son is for the Father.  We are the segullah, the dear treasure, of that sheer unfathomable love that is the source of all. Again, […]

Tradition and Revelation

“Tradition in the church, then, is a process of gift and reception in which the deposit of faith — the teaching and ethics of the Christian community — is recieved, interpreted and handed on through time.  As such, when it is true giving and reception, it realises the Father’s giving of his Son, the Son’s […]

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