Women of the Reformation (redux)

Back in 2017, we put together a series of posts on the Reformation to celebrate its 500 year anniversary (#Refo500atDET). To kick off that series, I wrote two posts on Reformation Women (part 1, part 2).

You can now access audio and video versions of that content through the players below, or through The McKrakenCast (podcast) or my YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to your preferred medium!


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Meanwhile, back at the ranch… (August 23, 2019 ed.)

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

…or, The Past Fortnight in the Theoblogosphere.

Bless me, gentle readers, for I have sinned. It has been nearly four months since my last confes…I mean…links and updates post.

Folks who know that I’m a university professor might be tempted to think that I might be more productive over the summer as opposed to the fall and spring semesters, given the general patterns of the academic calendar. Alas, none of that holds true for those of us in the academic administration game. I’ve got an 8–5 with a set number of vacation days just like any other working stiff.

But enough about me. You’re here for the best curated religion, theology, politics, higher education, and current events link list on the web!

Before diving into the links, however, I’d just like to highlight a piece by Eli Valentin, entitled “Toward a Post-Maria Puerto Rican Pastoral Theology”. He says some nice things about Helmut Gollwitzer and my book, Our God Loves Justice (#…

Karl Barth, Theology, and Secularism. And the Numinous.

It seems as though I’m going through something of my own, personal Barth revival.

After years of focusing elsewhere, especially on Helmut Gollwitzer, I have – for one reason or another, at least for the time being – returned my attention to the fleshpots of Egy...I mean…to Karli. There’s that podcast series on his Göttingen dogmatics, for instance. And this post.

Anyway, I’ve been reading the first Barth in Conversation volume (I feel like I’ve heard that title, or something very like it, somewhere before…), and thought that I would share some of it with you, gentle and patient readers.

In this passage, a journalist named Seiler interviews Barth and asks, among other things, about the state of contemporary theology. And of course, when we say “contemporary” here we mean 1960. Seiler suggests that Christianity had once been a question of confession, but has now become silent – part of the sociocultural furniture without anything in particular to add to the conversation. As you can …

Barth's "Göttingen Dogmatics" - §1: The Word of God as the Problem of Dogmatics

Continuing our dive into Karl Barth's first attempt at writing a dogmatics, this episode tackles the first section: The Word of God as the Problem of Dogmatics. He discusses what it means to think of dogmatics as a science, and we also encounter an early version of his doctrine of the three-fold Word of God (revelation, Scripture, and preaching). Barth also reflects on why he thinks a prolegomena is necessary when doing theology, and I riff a bit on his recommendations for how to go about studying theology. 

This series in indexed on the serials page.


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Evangelical Patriarchy and the World of Sports

As those of you, gentle readers, who follow me on Twitter will have already become aware, I’ve been reading Randall Balmer’s book on Evangelicalism in America.

I first became aware of Balmer when he published an essay on how the rise of the Religious Right wasn’t really about abortion so much as it was about defending racially segregated private “Christian” schools from IRS revocation of tax exempt status.

Yeah, I know.

That essay is in this book, or at least a version of it. It’s good. You should read it. But that isn’t what this post is about. This post is about evangelicals and sports—and more specifically, how sports create alternative worlds in which to live and how those worlds mesh with evangelicalism. And in general, I think, it explains the appeal that many folks find in spending a great deal of time, energy, mind-space, and money on being a sports fan in the contemporary United States. Spoiler alert: it comes from a deep sense of insecurity and a longing for an orderly wo…

DET Enters its Teen Years

As of July 27, 2019, DET is officially a teenager.

Many things are different since I published the first post, way back in 2006—that's 13 years ago, for those who are (like me) bad at maths (as the Brits might say). But a lot of things are the same as well. I don’t think I’ve quite lived up to some of the promises in that first post, but – you live, you (hopefully) learn.

The blog has slowed down. I was a MDiv student when it started, and needed a place to interact with people an ideas. These days, however, I’m at a very different place in my professional life, with increasing administrative burdens directing most of my time and energy. As a result, I’ve writing about theology less and talking about it more. Some of you may be thankful (although, I’m sure some of you would rather not be afflicted) that I have started posting on YouTube and The McKrakenCast podcast. But if you prefer to just keep an eye on the blog, I’m posting all that material here too.

There are still some oth…

Karl Barth's "Göttingen Dogmatics" - Introduction

Travel with me back to the early 1920s and Karl Barth's first attempt at writing a dogmatics. Launched while teaching at the University of Göttingen, this was the genesis of the material that would become Church Dogmatics approximately a decade later. What we call the Göttingen Dogmatics in English is especially interesting to me because it is much closer to Barth's work as pastor-cum-socialist organizer.

This is the first of a multi-part series, and it is the first series that I have produced primarily for the podcast medium. It is also available on YouTube. Make sure to subscribe via your preferred site.


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