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Monthly Archives: July 2008

A Lament for First Things

I should admit at the outset, I’ve never been a fan of First Things. As far as literary-theological magazines on political issues go, I’ve always found Commonweal to be far more stimulating, and, well Christian. But, there was a time when, even if I pretty much always disagreed with Neuhaus’s “The Public Square” and most […]

The Aesthetics of the Apocalypse

Lately there have been some good discussions on the nature of New Testament apocalyptic and how such an apocalyptic orientation should inform Christian theology. One of the points of tension involves the propensity of apocalyptic language to become merely a discourse of rupture and irruption, of pure negation rather than as the moment of God’s […]

Some New Intellectual Disciplines

The plasticity of the English language, particularly its academic jargon never ceases to make for some good entertainment. Recently, a friend and I had occasion to speculate about possible ways of expressing different intellectual pursuits through the standard ways of nominating fields of study. So, here are some of the things we came up with: […]

Bonhoeffer Blog Conference Update

I’m pleased to announce that all slots have now been filled for the upcoming Bonhoeffer Blog Conference. I am also especially pleased to report that internationally-known Bonhoeffer scholar Geffrey B. Kelly will be offering a concluding reflection and response to the entire conference. Professor Kelly is the author such books as Liberating Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Message […]

Possibilities and Problems of New Testament Apocalyptic

I’m currently reading J. Christaan Beker’s Paul’s Apocalyptic Gospel in an effort to go deeper into exploring the apocalyptic nature of the New Testament. So far it promises to be a pretty good summary the way in which Paul’s theology is shaped by an apocalyptic vision of God’s invasion of the cosmos in Christ’s death […]

Free Patristic Audiobooks

I just discovered, thanks to Phil, Maria Lectrix, a blog dedicated to providing audio recordings of books for readers with “Catholic tastes.” Well, sign me up! Included among the free audiobooks are Irenaeus’ Against Heresies, Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechetical Lectures, Hilaire Belloc’s Europe and the Faith, and John Henry Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian […]

The Apocalypse of Christ as Reverse Recapitulation

Recapitulation is one of the earliest theological ways of conceptualizing the nature of Christian soteriology. In this conceptuality the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, in some sense take all created reality into the person of Jesus, and thus into the life of God, transposing it into a modality of communion in the Trinitarian life […]

Hart and Jenson: Locating the Disagreement

I’m currently re-reading David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite and am loving going back through this text again. This is truly a magnificent work of Christian theology that deserves extensive thoughtful engagement. After my initial reading of Hart’s book, I found myself giving a profoundly negative assessment thereto; however after letting the book sit […]

The Anarchic Kingdom of God

“Anarchism as a principle stands in line with God’s kingdom because the theocracy of God’s kingdom means none other than an anarchist order. The anarchism of God’s kingdom does not mean disorder or chaos but quite the reverse. Here every human being stands in a direct relation to God and in freely ordered and equally […]

Radical Reformation Historiography

One of the contributions of John Howard Yoder to Anabaptist ecclesiology and ecumenism is the way in which he articulates clearly the sort of historical method that underlies a Radical Reformation orientation. This is precisely the historical method that Yoder puts to work in his book, The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited. He claims that “There is […]

Oliver O’Donovan & Homosexuality

In light of the ongoing discussion at Faith and Theology over the issue of homosexuality and the church, allow me to plug a book we’ve just published at Wipf and Stock by Oliver O’Donovan, Church in Crisis: The Gay Controversy and the Anglican Communion.  This book is perhaps the most erudite treatment of the current controversy in […]

Why Sectarianism is Required

Perhaps the recurring criticism of the work of Stanley Hauerwas is that his position is ultimately sectarian. The constant sparring between Hauerwas and his critics, from James Gustafson to Jeffrey Stout, always orbits around the pernicious issue of whether or not Hauerwas is sectarian. In response to his critics, Hauerwas has consistently denied that he […]

Theological Scribbles

It is nice to see the theoblogosphere expanding with Robin Parry of Paternoster starting his own blog of Theological Scribbles.  He has already posted a number of witty and provocative posts on various theological topics.  I look forward to more from Robin, and want to say welcome to the blogs!

Staying Informed on the American Political Apparatus


The Bonhoeffer Blog Conference: Call for Respondents

The Bonhoeffer Blog Conference, though still a ways off is coming together nicely.  Here is a tentative list of participants with their paper titles: Day 1: Introduction by Halden Day 2: ‘Christ my Conscience’: Bonhoeffer on Identity, Moral Integrity, and Christian Community by Chris Green Day 3: ‘Being Made in Human Likeness’: ‘Ethics as Formation’ and […]

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