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Theological Discussions

We’ve all seen those fictional discussions between say, Barth and Bultmann or C.S. Lewis and Freud.  These are always enjoyable, and I hope to write some eventually.  My current fascination involves writing a discourse on ecclesiology and ecumenism between John Henry Newman and John Howard Yoder.  Hopefully you will all be able to enjoy that shortly.

However, right now I pose a question: Which two theologians, of any era since the Apostles would you most like to witness a dialogue between and on what topics?


  1. bobby grow wrote:

    Luther and N.T. Wright on soteriology

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Kevin D. wrote:

    Aquinas and Barth on sacraments

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Permalink
  3. Ben George wrote:

    Luther and Ratzinger on ecclesiology, just on a personal level, because in my wild fantasies Ratzinger’s calm style would allow Luther to talk without shouting so much.

    But I think that watching Balthasar and Irenaeus speak together about incarnation would ultimately be a deeper conversation.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
  4. Tertullian and von Harnack. :)

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
  5. Halden wrote:

    Methinks that discussion might end violently! Except Tertullian was a pacifist, so perhaps it would just be oratorically violent.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  6. mike d wrote:

    Hooker, Cranmer & Rowan Williams on ecclesiology (sorry I cheated – that’s 3)

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  7. Geoff wrote:

    Athanasius and Moltmann on the incarnation/crucified God.

    Hubmaier and Yoder on pacifism

    Tertullian and Gordon Fee on the Holy Spirit

    Gregory the Great or Richard Baxter and Mark Driscoll on Pastoral Theology

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
  8. McCormack and Barth on CD II/2.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
  9. Ben Myers wrote:

    Augustine and Barth on grace and sacraments (actually, whatever they felt like discussing would be just fine by me!).

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
  10. Aquinas and Gregory Palamas on uncreated grace, divine energies, and theosis.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  11. Greg Boyd and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Never have a seen one man (Boyd) be so influenced by another (Bonhoeffer) when they often disagree in such fundamental ways.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  12. sokoyu wrote:

    N.T. Wright and Hal Lindsay (ok, hardly a theologian) on eschatology. It wouldn’t be very enlightening, but it would be funny.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 10:30 pm | Permalink
  13. ericroorback wrote:

    John Owen and John Zizioulas on Trinitarian theology. Booyah!

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 12:59 am | Permalink
  14. mike d wrote:

    (part II for me)

    Aquinas & Plantinga on Faith & Reason

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 4:11 am | Permalink
  15. Brian wrote:

    I’ve always wished that Kierkegaard and Nietzsche could have read and written about each other.

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 4:45 am | Permalink
  16. Dorothy Day and Innocentius III on violence

    Yoder and Hauerwas on the (possible) need for radical reformation

    Andrew Perriman and NT Wright on the second coming of christ

    Mother Theresa and John Wesley on eschatology

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  17. Chris Green wrote:

    George MacDonald and John Calvin on predestination

    Moltmann and Augustine on divine (im)passability

    Bonhoeffer and as Benedict XVI on ecclesiology

    von Balthasar and Jonathan Edwards on hell

    By the way, thanks, Geoff, for Gregory the Great and Mark Driscoll on pastoral theology! :-)

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
  18. dan wrote:

    Hauerwas and Moltmann on ecclesiology (Rasmusson could mediate),

    Oscar Romero and Reinhold Niebuhr on missiology.

    Camus and Ellul on godforsakenness.

    Luther and Dostoevsky on suffering.

    The Wallis of The Call to Conversion and the Wallis of God’s Politics on political engagement!

    Jesus and Paul on the State.

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm | Permalink
  19. Dan. I´m not sure Rasmusson would do the mediating fare, though…

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Permalink
  20. Macrina wrote:

    Williams, Ratzinger and Zizioulas on ecclesiology.

    Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  21. aande28 wrote:

    Saints Origen & Athanasius on Christology and preexistence

    Monday, May 26, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  22. Augustine and Pelagius on Yankees vs. Red Sox. I would simply like to prove that orthodox Christians should not be Yankee fans once and for all.

    Monday, May 26, 2008 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  23. jake wrote:

    2pac vs. biggy

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 8:56 am | Permalink
  24. Kierkegaard and Luther on beer.

    In all seriousness — Kierkegaard and Wesley on living a life of faith.

    Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  25. Roger Mugs wrote:

    i think it would be amusing to see c.s. lewis talk with luther.
    or pehraps Abraham Kuyper and Luther would be funnier… what with luther’s wife brewing beer and all.
    and kuyper being a wedgie.

    Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink

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