What Should I Write About?

With the dissertation behind me (to be epublished later this summer), I’ve turned my mind to thinking about my next book.  I’ve had wonderfully provocative discussions on this topic with Doug Pagitt, Brian McLaren, and Kathy Helmers.  But I thought I’d also crowdsource it a bit.  If you’re interested in being part of my internal conversation on this, leave a comment here, and/or weigh in on the Facebook Question that I’ve posed.

And thanks.

  • Rick B

    YOu should write a book with me. I’ve got many ideas.

  • http://civilrites.blogspot.com Chris

    I’d be awfully interested to see your take on Luther’s Theology of the Cross and the way in which Emergent theology might interpret it, taking in classical treatments as well as recent feminist treatments (Mary Solberg, Marit Trelstad, etc.). A large part of what bothers me about spirituality in these days is that it focuses too much on what Rahner might have called a “summery spirituality,” and not enough on the challenges. The Emergent interest in authenticity of faith experience could give a unique and appropriate jumping off point for this work.

    I wrote a paper for Marty Stortz on sexual ethics and the theology of the cross that took on some of the darker aspects of that part of my being through this lens. I’d be up for chatting sometime if you have interest, Tony. I think you or someone else could do us struggling Christians a service to reinvigorate the discussion around this doctrine, which to me gives us permission to experience and discuss our shadow selves while providing a way of not wallowing in that realm, but finding redemption through Christ’s cross.

  • Scot Miller

    Like I suggested on Facebook, it would be great if you could make sense of prayer (especially since that was an interesting topic in one of your blog posts recently). If prayer isn’t meant to change the person praying (which I’m comfortable believing, but you don’t), and if it isn’t meant to change God (a concept which makes no sense at all), then I have no idea what prayer means.

  • Brian Ammons

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on new masculinities in Christian life. The little that’s out there is from baby-boomers or hyper-masculine MMA preachers. I’m longing to hear new voices on the changing face of masculinities in the church from those who have come into their ministries alongside women and queer folk. Grappling with historical assertions of gendered theologies, questions of marriage, etc.

    On second thought, maybe I want to write that book…or let’s go for an edited collection and do it together…

  • Aaron

    Write a book about your conversion experiences–all of them. That is, talk about fundamental paradigm shifts in the way you have seen the world. Conversion out of dogmatism and exclusive Christianity, for instance, can be as powerful an experience in its own way as any experience of a born-again Christian in more fundamentalist circles.

    Perhaps include other conversion experiences of other people as well, including all brands of conservatives, fundamentalists, liberals, atheists, postmoderns, etc. Then you can reflect on what conversion does for people and tie that into today’s postmodern context.

    Conversion as a topic would be interesting to both more conservative and more liberal audiences; the former, because they believe they have the corner on the market and place high priority on such experiences, and the latter, because many liberals don’t have adequate words to express the deep changes and commitments that they experience in their life of faith and this would be a useful source for them, given that you are more liberal in your approach to religion.

  • http://pomotheosis.wordpress.com Travis Ingels

    Tony,

    I second Brian Ammons vote. I voted on Sexuality on the Poll, but I think you and Brian would make an awesome team for a edited collection. Get Richard Rohr in there and it would be the Holy Trinity of new masculinity.

  • PG

    Also with Brian Ammons, I’d suggest something to do with masculinity and religion (particularly contemporary Christianities). I’d especially be pumped if it mixed sociology, Christian history, comparative religion, and theological anthropology. You have some interests that fit “traditional” assumptions of masculinity (hunting, umping) but your positions on many issues transcend those assumptions, so you’re probably a good moderate voice in that conversation.

  • Zachary W.

    After the whole Rob Bell kerfuffle dropped earlier this year, you briefly commented that his emphasis on libertarian free will undermined some of his arguments. Now the last thing we need is another ‘response’ to Love Wins, but I’d be interested where you would go with balancing a determinist social theory like post-structuralism with traditional understandings of salvation. This is a question I’ve really been grappling with, myself.

  • JoeyS

    What if you took on something you’re skeptical about?
    -Demonology?
    -Angelology?
    -Pentecostalism?

    I would actually welcome an engagement with race issues from somebody within Emergent, and as you’ve fielded most of the critiques on this front you might be the right guy for the job. Not to say, of course, that you’re skeptical about race ;)

  • Sarah E

    prayer & being – how prayer shapes our being; prayer, being and mission; prayer, being and duscernnent/freedom

  • Carla Jo

    I already answered this question for you.

  • Casey McCollum

    Would love to see you dive into Prayer. Much of what i have read i have found wanting.

  • http://twitter.com/diecast David

    Another vote for prayer/sacred practice… but from a sociology perspective. How does a historically highly personalized endeavour find a place within this highly social culture?


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