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Kaitlyn Centini - 2019 Harmon Religion Award Winner

Those of you, gentle readers, who follow me on Twitter have - no doubt - already encountered Kaitlyn Centini (@KatieCentini), my advisee and student worker over the past ~2 years. Katie is getting ready to graduate from Lindenwood University (with a triple major in Art History, History, and Religion, as well as another three minors) and enter the History department at the University of Arizona for graduate studies. We recently presented her with this year's Harmon Religion Award, and I made the below video about it. There is also now a playlist of videos celebrating recipients of this award over the last few years.


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Top 5 books of 2018


Reflections on Schleiermacher's 5th Speech on Religion

Friedrich Schleiermacher is awesome. Lots of folks love to hate him, but I'm here to tell you that you should read him.

In this video, I discuss the 5th of Schleiermacher's speeches on Religion. I've re-purposed a recording that I made for a class that I no longer teach. I hope you find it helpful or at least entertaining.


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The McKrakenCast (Podcast)

I'm sure that by now, DET readers are aware that I have a YouTube channel where I post theological (and other) videos for your enjoyment and edification.

Some folks have suggested to me that using a podcast format would be easier, since it would provide more flexibility for listening on the go, etc. Therefore, I finally heeded the call, read a few web articles on how to do it, and set up a podcast feed with SoundCloud.

The name of this podcast is The McKrakenCast. For anyone who might be wondering, "The McKraken" is a nickname given to me by some students, so the podcast is at least in part an homage to them. Below are a couple of pictures of gifts that they have purchased for me over the years that traded on this nickname. You'll see that the spelling is not exactly standardized, but I have my preferred spelling in the podcast name.

Anyway, at present, The McKrakenCast will primarily provide a secondary means of access for my YouTube videos. But I may expand it in …

Brief Book Note: Pedersen’s “The Eternal Covenant”

Eagle-eyed readers of DET with sharp memories for detail may recognize this author and / or book. The author is a friend of the blog. He wrote two very good guest posts on Schleiermacher back in 2017, and I highly recommend them to you. In fact, pause your reading of this post and go read those two first:
How to Understand Schleiermacher's Theology—A guest post by Daniel Pedersen. Authority and Bible in Schleiermacher’s Theology—more from Daniel Pedersen.The first of those two posts ended up in the top 10 posts from that year, where I also mentioned this book – which was very newly published at the time.

Daniel James Pedersen, The Eternal Covenant: Schleiermacher on God and Natural Science, Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017).

I can’t say enough nice things about this book. I’m no Schleiermacher specialist, but I’ve read a decent bit of his work and have been interested in him for a while, and this book was absolutely riveting. Daniel’s argument is very ti…

"If Faith Still Comes": an anonymous missive on Christianity's need for a revolutionary Oedipal act

Note from the editor: You may recall, gentle readers, two previous anonymous missives published here at DET. The full title of the first post was “‘Jesus was a failure': an anonymous missive on the possibility of faith in the modern world,” while the title of the second was "'We must become the prayer': an anonymous missive on the pastoral task after the death of God." That same anonymous author has once again been in touch to submit a third and - as I understand it - final missive, which you will find below. We have once again decided to publish the piece in accordance with the author’s wishes. – WTM

God appears as the invincible tyrant, the being in contrast with whom all other beings are without freedom and subjectivity. He is equated with the recent tyrants who with the help of terror try to transform everything into a mere object, a thing among things, a cog in a machine they control. He becomes the model of everything against which Existentialism revolted. T…

Top 10 DET Posts of 2018

I have been casting my mind back, gentle readers, as I am wont to do, over the previous year here at DET. That I have been doing this in March rather than in January is, I think, evidence of how absolutely swamped I’ve been with other professional demands.

And, no. Sadly, I don’t mean the demands of new writing and research projects, as much as I wish that were the case. Luckily for all of us, I have it on good authority that David Congdon is still managing to stitch together subjects and verbs, perhaps even sprinkling in the odd participle from time to time, so we will just have to look forward to what he will give us in good time.

Meanwhile, I have been basting my mind back, gentle readers, as…oh, wait, said that already. Sorry.

Here’s the annual post on the most trafficked (fair warning: traffic was not counted in an especially scientific way) posts over the previous year. If you’re curious, here’s the list from 2017.

DET 2018 Top 10
So You Want to Read….Dietrich Bonhoeffer? - Co…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

…or, Something to keep you busy over the weekend…

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

Fortnight? Just shy of two months? What’s the difference?


You all know what things have been like for your intrepid DET authors and editors in recent memory, so I won’t belabor things.

But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t doing our best to stroll through and stir some of the dust up from time to time. Far from it! In particular, I’ve been trying to generate some video content, which is duly linked below. So let’s get to it.

Oh, and before we go to the usual sets of links, apparently Our God Loves Justice, my book on Helmut Gollwitzer, garnered some attention over at Reddit a few months ago as part of a discussion on whether and to what extent Christianity and socialism / communism are compatible and / or related. In case you were in any doubt, I’m counting this as a giant WIN! Go check out the thread for yourselves!

Ok, now for the posts at DET since the last link post:

So, You …

Cromwell, Money, Sex, and More! (Another Book Unboxing)

Books, books, and more books! Books about money! Books about Sex! Books about the Roman Empire! Books about Liberation Theology and Thomas Cromwell and more!

Also, I embarrass myself by having trouble recalling the year of the Russian Revolution...


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Top 5 Books I Read in 2017

Back at the end of 2017 I posted a tweet about the top 5 books that I read in that year. I always intended to go back and write a blog post, or series of blog posts, about them, but I never had the time. So, I made a video instead. Enjoy!


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Heschel book un-"box"-ing

Hi all,

It's been hard to produce much content lately, so I made a short video to talk with you about some of the books I'm engaging with this semester. Enjoy!


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Brief Book Note: Peter Brown’s “Ransom of the Soul”

I’ve wanted to read this book since it was first published in 2015. And I’ve had the paperback version on pre-order for a while. So I was thrilled when I got the notification that it had shipped, and knew that I would be able to put it at the top of my “books that I hope to read this summer” pile.

Peter Brown, The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity (Harvard, 2018).

Now, you might find it odd, gentle reader, that I would be so interested in a book on the afterlife since I recently commented in another post that “It may be that death is a site of encounter with God. Beyond that, there isn't much one can say.” It’s the intersection of wealth with afterlife that made me curious. Here’s how I would summarize the question answered in this book:

How did Christianity in the first half-millennium leverage its vision of the afterlife in order to discipline wealth?
Brown answers that question, as we’ve come to expect from him, in exciting detail, with se…

So, You Want to Read Wolfhart Pannenberg? A guest post by Andrew Hollingsworth

[Ed. Note: Andrew Hollingsworth, PhD, is an adjunct professor of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He tweets: @andrewh_mc11. He writes at Theology and Stuff, and Trinityhaus.]

So you want to read Wolfhart Pannenberg? Great! Why, you ask? I’ll tell you. Wolfhart Pannenberg was one of the most important theologians in Germany (and the world!) in the 20th century. Several theologians, such as Philip Clayton, Ted Peters, and Fred Sanders have noted in their obituaries for him that the world lost a theological giant on September 4, 2014. His three-volume Systematic Theology, though not as many volumes as Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, is one of the most significant contributions to the field, having one of the vastest scopes and one of the most ambitious aims of any before it. Pannenberg’s Systematic Theology is perhaps the most interdisciplinary one written to date. He is well known for a statement he made in an interview once: “Because God is the creator of everything…