At the beginning of my seminary studies a mentor gave me one simple piece of advice: use this period to read broadly. As time has progressed that same advice was supplemented by the admonition to dig deep into one or two thinkers/doctrines. I am hopeful in making the former a lifelong practice. The latter has meant a more particular investment in the doctrines of God and christologies of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Barth. These two theologians have, thus far, most peaked my interest into issues such as (1) the relationship between the divine eternal relations (begetting, proceeding, etc.) and the historic missions (esp. von Balthasar via Thomas), (2) the use and limits of kenosis, both in christology and the doctrine of God, and (3) theories of atonement (e.g., is there a dominant scriptural metaphor?).
From my posts you can generally expect contributions falling into one of three categories. First, journalistic updates on the theology-related events I attend (conference notes, public lectures, etc.). Second, general thoughts and questions from noteworthy topics that I encounter in my own readings. And third, a contribution I would like to be consistent with, words on how theology functions in preparing the church for its missional task.
I am also firmly convinced that there is a metaphysical link between good theology and the art of fly-fishing. Give Norman MacLean’s classic, A River Runs Through It a read if you do not believe me.
Your readership is deeply appreciated, and your comments even more so. Thanks in advance for reading!