…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.
Time for another link roundup, and there has been a lot happening. So, I’m going to break this down into a few categories…
Here at DET: Helmut Gollwitzer on Theology's Engagement with Marxist Criticism of Religion
- 04.26.2011 - Part One
- 04.27.2011 - Part Two
- 04.28.2011 - Part Three
- 04.29.2011 - Part Four
- 05.02.2011 - Part Five
- 05.03.2011 - Part Six
- 05.04.2011 - Part Seven
- 05.06.2011 - Part Eight
Recent Theo-blog Fracas over JKAS
- “Can hope be wrong? On the new universalism” – James KA Smith (JKAS) started things off with this rather ill-conceived post, picking up on the recent Rob Bell controversy. Regardless of where you stand on the whole “universalism issue,” Smith should have been much, much more careful…
- “Ressentiment and the ‘new universalism’” - Halden over at Inhabitatio Dei was the first on the scene in responding to JKAS at some length. The reader should be aware that there is a history between these two authors, but precisely what that history is can go unstated. In any case, Halden brings the pain – (“The real problem, I believe, that the whole buzz about “the new universalism” represents — and it is particularly typified in Jamie’s post — is the refusal to engage these questions theologically. Instead it is all a matter of figuring out who the sappy liberal is, and finding a clever way to make the accusation.”) - and over 80 comments appear.
- “On the new universalism: a response to James K. A. Smith” - Not to be left out or out done, and believing that more needed to be said, David Congdon joined the fray in his usual, “thorough” way. In addition to deconstructing JKAS’ post, Congdon chides him for not paying attention to series scholarly and theological studies of the topic, and of ignoring the important hermeneutical question. He concludes by offering 6 suggestions to those who would criticize the new universalism.
Ben Myers / Faith & Theology
- “Lose Your Faith” - Kim Fabricius offers a Good Friday sermon.
- “Rowan Williams: three lectures on Narnia” - Ben provides links!
- “Off the Shelf: six types of reading” - Finding that he has little time to write a blog while teaching theology full time, Ben has resorted to theology vlogging. In this installment, Ben (1) admits what some have long suspected - that it is the early Barth to whom he is most attracted; (2) denigrates disciplined or compulsory reading, saying that reading should be wildly undisciplined. In reply, I say that you generally don’t get to solo until you’ve mastered the scales.
- “Jacob Taubes: apocalyptic time and the retreat from history” - Ben gives us an insight into a paper he’ll be presenting at the upcoming AAR meeting.
- “Audio lecture: lessons from Augustine's De Trinitate” - It is now possible to hear Ben as he goes about his daily task of facilitating theological education.
- “Academic Bipolar Disorder -- the other ABD” - A colleague of mine here at PTS reflects on some of the emotional challenges to being a doctoral student.
- “Professor Deeply Hurt by Student's Evaluation” - A deeply moving, disturbing, and ultimately heart-wrenching tale of the emotional and psychological dangers that face higher educators these days. Once more into the breach, dear friends…
- “The Adventures of the Post-Relevant Church” - Jason Ingalls, the guy who brought you collared evangelism, is back. “What does the post-relevant church look like? I don't know yet. I think it will probably look different everywhere that faithful men and woman struggle to fashion themselves in the image and likeness of Christ.”
- “How to Find Karl Barth’s Grave” - A useful set of instructions for any theology buff heading to Germany.
- “Easter, Day 4” - John Drury is blogging the days of Easter. Here is a link to one of them. Explore his blog for more.
- “The Karl Barth Timeline” - Darren Sumner provides a very handy cheat-sheet of the publication dates (German and English) for Barth’s major works.
- “Why we can't rejoice” - PTS Colleague, Andrew Zirschky, thinks (with Bonhoeffer’s help) about how Christians should respond to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
- “Theological work and general academic publishers” - Evan Kuehn reflects on the state of theological publishing, precipitated by the recent discontinuation of theological series at Cambridge UP and Wiley-Blackwell.
And if it is at all possible that the above isn’t enough for you, be sure to check out the serials index page here at DET. There you will find the Gollwitzer series, two series on Paul Tillich, a series on Yves Congar, and much, much more.