Sabbatitude

Most of you will be aware that I was on sabbatical last semester. My department administrator used the term “sabbatitude” at some point early in the semester, and I liked the term, and so I thought I would use it in the title of this post, since every blogger who gets a sabbatical inevitably must [Read More…]

Syndicate Symposia

I’ve been meaning to mention Syndicate Symposia on my blog for a long while now. The fact that a couple of blogs I subscribe to have mentioned symposia on topics that interest me has sparked me into action. The Jesus Blog mentioned one focused on James Crossley’s work on Jesus. And then Tripp Fuller mentioned the one featuring [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent

This episode begins with a monologue about the sense of life being lived in constant threat of danger and death. The Doctor thinks about Clara’s death, and is angry in a way that we have rarely seen. The Doctor has been brought to a castle, but with TV screens on the walls. The Doctor realizes [Read More…]

Self-Serving Theologies: The Kim Davis Saga

Several memes and political cartoons have addressed the hypocrisy in Kim Davis’ desire to have her own freedoms respected, while demanding the right to discriminate against others. Here are a few of my favorites: And this one is from a while back, yet could have been made today: The first two come via other Patheos bloggers [Read More…]

Touching the Face of the Cosmos

Paul Levinson has been putting together a really fantastic volume which will be called Touching the Face of the Cosmos. He has shared a provisional list of contributors, and also a podcast of an interview with John Glenn, the transcript of which will appear in the book. I am really excited, not only because my contribution [Read More…]

Belief informs Behavior

Ben Irwin wrote recently on his blog: If your theology leads to behavior that is unloving or unkind, chances are there’s a problem with your theology. Belief informs behavior. Your actions are shaped in part by your theology. In which case, the ultimate test of any rule or doctrine is not, “Does it cohere intellectually?” but, “Does [Read More…]

Love Your Neighbor More Than Your Theology

What Daniel Kirk said recently on his blog speaks for itself, but click through for the context, and see Fred Clark’s further thoughts on the subject. [Read more…]

Doubt, Theology, and Mountain-Climbing

  Peter Hess has published an essay in God and Nature magazine, in which he shares reflections on the task of theology which occurred to him as he climbed a mountain. Here’s a sample: There is no single right way to scale a mountain: on a team climbers are always in communication about route, equipment, [Read More…]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More…]

Orthodox Alexithymia

Richard Beck wrote recently about a condition which he calls “orthodox alexithymia.” Here is a sample: Orthodox alexithymia is produced when the intellectual facets of Christian theology, in the pursuit of correct and right belief, become decoupled from emotion, empathy, and fellow-feeling. Orthodox alexithymics are like patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex brain damage. Their reasoning [Read More…]