Category Archives: Interpretation

Elaine Scarry’s “On Beauty and Being Just”

As part of my reading project to get more acquainted with the field of aesthetics, I read this weird little number from Elaine Scarry: On Beauty and Being Just. Cribbing from wikipedia, I know that Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University, which means at least some […]

Why Creeds? (Part 3 of 3)

This is the last part of a short piece I used as a pre-semester reading when I was co-teaching a seminary theology 101 course. The sections on theology are here and here, and the first two on creeds are here and here. this last one makes more sense in the context of what came before, but how you spend […]

Aesthetics, Embodiment, Dualism, and a Reading List

  Info about Kant's Aesthetics is here and here.   My Reading List Berleant, Arnold. “Aesthetic Embodiment.” Online here. Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth.Theological Aesthetics: A Reader Johnson, Mark.The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding. Scarry, Elaine. On Beauty and Being Just. Adorno, Theodor. Aesthetic Theory. Kehl, Medard.The Von Balthasar Reader. Oliver, Kelly. Ed. Psychoanalysis, […]

Historical Hunting for Vitality, Hospitality, and Hope

  Among the Progressive Christian circles of which I am typically involved, theological stances range widely, from a version of Universalism that looks askance on traditional Christian language to a form of exploration with "ancient-future" practices and traditions.  Common throughout these encounters though is the pesky question of what to do with tradition(s). Whether it […]

The Death of the Death of God OR “Gott ist tot” ist tot

  I'll preface all this by noting that what follows is thoroughly not a tracing of the Death of God Theology or Philosophy; mostly it is my perspectives on the whole "God is Dead," thing as it currently stands.  As such, if you are unfamiliar with the "Death of God," thing, the names Friedrich Nietzsche, […]

Again for the First Time

  A review of Walter Brueggemann's The Prophetic Imagination Referencing: Revised Second Addition, 2001 Augsburg Fortress          A classic in the field of Biblical Studies and homiletics for years, Brueggemann's 1978 magnum opus still is rich with material for consideration and reflection. Composed of a series of lectures, the contents of this […]

On the Road Theopoetics

Lots of things in this one… The QUIP Quaker Writers conference was held to coincide with the release of this book (which I have a few things in). The Center for Process Studies at Claremont hosted the Theopoetics and the Divine Manifold conference , at which, most academically noteable for me (at this moment), were Catherine […]

Ethics, Eschatology, and Avatar

I recently saw the film “Avatar,” prompted by lots of press and the opportunity to spend time with my family, who also wanted to see it.  Long story short?  Pretty good movie if I’m just thinking about it as a movie.  Fairly concerning if I think about it with my theologian hat on.  Why? Two […]

Interpretive Communities, a Request, and a Heraldic Gospel

On a recent video from the Transforming Theology project, Phillip Clayton asked Tony Jones how the internet and Google have been at work changing theology. Jones replied that it allows for a greater, more broad based, access to information, and forum for feedback.  I agree. In a Dec. 14 post on his blog, Jonathan Brink writes […]

“It Is” and “It Means”

I’m still several posts away from actually addressing the importance of community in individual interpretation, but it appears I am one step closer. What I am interested in for this post has been inspired by a number of relatively unrelated pieces of information I have recently come across: A story from Stanley Fish’s book, Is […]