Showing posts from August, 2019

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 Love

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

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.  Karl Barth, The Göttingen Dogmatics: Instruction in the Christian Religion This series in indexed on the serials page . ================================== Follow @WTravisMcMaken Subscribe to Die Evangelischen Theologen

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 orderl