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Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Vatican’s Thirst for Power . . . according to Hans Kung

Kung has some harsh words for the recent apostolic constitution from the Vatican seeking to bring Anglo-Catholics into the Roman fold: As I wrote in 1967, “a resumption of ecclesial community between the Catholic church and the Anglican church” would be possible, when “the Church of England, on the one side, shall be given the […]

Dorothee Soelle, anyone?

Anyone read much of Dorothee Soelle? I’ve only come across her recently and am definitely intrigued by what I’ve read about her work so far. For a small shotgun blast of some of her quotes, see Jeremy’s recent post on her hard to find book, Christ the Representative.

Holy Water Under the Bridge

Stephen Colbert and Randall Balmer had a pretty entertaining discussion of the Anglican-Catholic developments yesterday: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Holy Water Under the Bridge – Randall Balmer www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Religion

Ecce No Homo

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Ecce No Homo www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Crisis

Ratzinger the Revisionist

David Gibson has some interesting commentary on the unexpected way Ratzinger’s papacy is turning out, as seen most recently in the whole move to bring in the disaffected Anglicans: Thus far, Benedict’s papacy has been one of constant movement and change, the sort of dynamic that liberal Catholics — or Protestants — are usually criticized […]

The Logic of Institutional Perdurance

Brad has a post up responding the rash of discussion about the latest development between Rome and Canterbury regarding the future of Anglo-Catholics. The question he raises is whether or not Protestants have good reasons for desiring the perpetual existence of their denominational and institutional structures at all. Certainly a worthy point. However, I think […]

To Strongly Be Against Grammatical Correctness

The Lexicographer’s Dilemma, by Jack Lynch looks to be something well worth getting for those interested in the jujitsu that is writing in the English language. Salon has a decent review of the book: “Correct” English, as Lynch characterizes it, is basically “the English wealthy and powerful people spoke a generation or two ago.” And […]

Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic

While there is much to lament about the fact that AAR is no longer meeting conterminously with SBL, there is still a lot of good stuff to look forward to for those who will be attending.Personally, I think that the highlight of the conference will be the twoo sessions on “Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic.” […]

The Anglican-Catholic Hoopla: Open Thread

I’ve already made some comments on the recent apostolic constitution released by the Vatican designed to establish a smooth fast track for incorporating as many Anglican Christians, congregations, and priests as possible. I’ll withhold extensive comment here because I actually just want to hear what other people think of this development. My basic sense is […]

Question on Clerical Celibacy

Okay, I know that there have always been “special dispensations” and exceptions and the like for married priests converting from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism and remaining priests. But now it looks like Rome is doing everything it can to bend over backwards and make this transition as easy as possible for as many Anglicans as […]

The Formerly Rich Young Man

In a previous post about the story of the rich young man (Mark 10:17-21) I suggested that there’s no reason to think that the man did not indeed go away intending to do as Jesus commanded, by selling all his possessions and following him. In the comments someone suggested that there is a tradition that […]

Conservatism and the Privatization of Religion

Watching (d)evolution of the lumbering organism that is First Things is certainly interesting. One of the latest developments in this conservative bazaar is the recent addition of a group blog by evangelicals. The lineup is rather interesting, consisting of the sort of usual suspects one might expect to see on a blog by politically conservative […]

Mission and Christendom

Alex Abecina has a splendid review of what is arguably Oliver O’Donovan’s best book, The Desire of the Nations. I must say that  I am quite impressed with Alex’s review precisely because it does what ever so many reviews fail to do: engage heavily with the text under review. Reviews such as this, especially blog […]

Imagination and Work

Matt has a good post on the tendency of “post-evangelical” types to insist on “the need to shape our imagination via liturgy and creativity.” There is certainly a great deal of fixation these days on the church/liturgy/sacraments as constituting an alternative “habitable world” (as  Hauerwas tends to say) to that of “modernity.” Matt points out […]

Upcoming Conferences

Ben has posted a helpful round up of the upcoming conferences over the next number of months: The Politics of Peace (featuring William Cavanaugh and Catherine Keller) Gift and Economy: Ethics, Hospitality and the Market Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace (with Rowan Williams and Kathryn Tanner) Prayer and Spirituality in the Early […]

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