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The Redemption of Propositions

I grew up in the evangelical tradition, and dealing with that fallout, theologically speaking had to do with learning what a terrible thing “propositions” are. In far-gone Bible college days, the question was always couched in whether or not revelation was “personal” or “propositional.” Well, whatever folks in such circles may still be saying about such parochial issues, I along with many others have discovered the redemption of propositions, at least as a form of theologizing, in the recent book of Kim Fabricius, occasional guest star on Faith and Theology.

Kim’s new book, Propositions on Christian Theology offers an expanded and complete edition of all the lists of propositions that Kim has posted on Faith and Theology in the last couple years. They range from Karl Barth, to preaching, from hell to heresy, theodicy to same-sex marriage. Always they provoke, stimulate and entertain.

Moreover, in addition to the sequences of propositions we get treated to many of Kim’s hymns, limericks, and aphorisms. Truly a joy to read. Quite honestly I don’t know how anyone could have come up with a book of propositions that are more fun to read. Of course, in a work such as this — clearly condensed and concise there is much more that one would love to hear from Kim about. And if I may nitpick a bit, I couldn’t help wondering why same-sex marriage merited twelve propositions to everyone else’s ten. Also, one is left to wonder what Kim’s propositions might be on race, gender, or . . . Christ. This of course is not really a criticism, merely a hope that the publication of this book will not eventuate in the end of Kim’s career of propositioning. There remains much more to do. In the meantime, buy the book and enjoy the read!

5 Comments

  1. Dan wrote:

    YES, this is a great collection. I’m using it for morning devotions!

    Friday, December 5, 2008 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  2. R.O. Flyer wrote:

    Kim as morning devotions! Now that is something I can get behind. Good idea for a stocking stuffer–for my stocking that is.

    Friday, December 5, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink
  3. kim fabricius wrote:

    You are very kind to mention the book, Halden. Thank you. In editing it, I profited immensely from comments on the original propositions from you and other visitors to “Faith and Theology”.

    As for morning devotions, if Mike Higton is right (in his foreward) when he likens the propositions to hammer-blows, I will be content if they at least serve as theological caffeine. Conversely, they are not to be read at compline!

    Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 3:02 am | Permalink
  4. Steve wrote:

    And yet there is a more excellent way.

    Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm | Permalink
  5. Dan wrote:

    theological caffeine indeed! these propositions will make for great series of conversations at our new cafe we will be opening in January.

    Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

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