Interview with Yours Truly at The Discarded Image

Interview with Yours Truly at The Discarded Image July 16, 2012

Blogger, professor, and church historian Brandon Withrow just posted an interview with me at his site The Discarded Image.

In that interview I make several rash, unguarded, and embarrassing comments that you will probably want to take note of.

All kidding aside (I was kidding, right?), Brandon’s website is thoughtful and a good read. I hope you spend some time checking it out.

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  • Howard Walker

    Thanks for the link. I’m unfamiliar with Lawhead. Can you recommend a book to start with?

    • peteenns

      His 5 book Pendragon series is a retelling of King Arthur, which got me hooked. Byzantium is his best, I think. Also a 3 volume series on the crusades as well as a one volume telling of the St. Patrick story.

      • Howard Walker


  • I appreciated your comment that “there is more unknown than known about the mystery of God” for I think the mystery and “an exploratory frame of mind” is critical to discipleship. Related, Kenton Sparks’ chapter on Christian Epistemology stood out for me because even when we have a sense of “knowing”, it can be difficult to articulate. Sparks’ writes, “So there is no such thing as a conversation, or speech, or article, or book that wholly ‘gets at’ what we understand (or think we understand) about a given subject” (p.83). Yet art can often represent the mystery by means of a more abstract form of expression. So I too found myself wanting to google this author Lawhead for a list of novels….

  • James

    Speaking of enjoying ancient Christian paradigms, I’ve been struggling through Hans Boersma’s (Regent College, Canada) Heavenly Participation in which he lays out a “platonic-Christian synthesis” based on the mid-twentieth century work of French “nouvelle theologie” that influenced Vatican II. Boersma believes returning to a form of patristic/medaeval sacramental ontology (before scholasticism and modernism mucked things up) is an important way forward for the evangelical-catholic dialogue. It includes “spiritual” interpretation as distinguished from theological (Vanhoozer) and incarnational (Enns) interpretations. Do you resonate at all with Boersma or nouvelle theologie?

    • peteenns

      I wonder if this is sort of like lectio divina? Not familiar with Boersma, but sounds interesting. By the way—and I don’t mind saying this for the umpteenth time—an incarnational approach is ONE “category” of metaphorical language to help people come to terms with the historical context of Scripture. It is not THE way over against other ways. I tried to be clearer on that point in The Evolution of Adam.