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Pedagogical Log October 29, 2008

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Well, now I’ve handed in the thesis, I’m practising teaching. I’ve got some ethics in a couple weeks and some New Testament after that. So I’m keeping tags on my progress towards it and am open to tips! (more…)

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The Grandeur of Reason: Conference April 8, 2008

Posted by Andy in Idea History, liberation theology, philosophy, theology.
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The Call for papers is now out for this conference which looks rather exciting:

1-4th September

I am assured that women are also welcome, but obviously shouldn’t expect to be attributed any significant role. It is still a little uncertain what these speakers will have to say in response to the pope’s (in-)famous Regensburg address, but if they do respond to it (as the papers are meant to), then it should be an extremely exciting conference.

The call for papers is interesting and thought provoking, and since I am currently considering contributing something to it, I hope to suggest some inroads to the topic over the next few weeks. Any comments, suggestions, or sneak peaks of what you might say should you give a paper on the call, would be welcome.

If nothing else, it should turn out to be a great social event for friends and associates of the Centre of Philosophy and Theology! And hey, the poster’s pretty.

The Government of Self and Others March 12, 2008

Posted by Andy in Foucault, philosophy, theology, Uncategorized.
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sunniva_and_foucault.jpgAs soon as my daughter’s finished with this book, I’ll be reading it. It looks good.

Timeline January 28, 2008

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I’ve been working on a Timeline for a while now, and am just putting it out in case anyone’s interested, and discovers any of the shocking lacunae or mistakes in it. It’s really randomly detailed, because of my randomly detailed and vague reading. So find the gaps and help me fill them in, people!

First Sunday in Advent November 25, 2007

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Here come the Advent Sunday readings, taken from Nestle-Aland and the Anglicised NRSV respectively.

A lot of this seems to be about living in this dark age, and longing for home. Paul is living on the border of his country, expecting arrival any minute. Nothing here seems worth anything so do not give in to desires: “earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73). So we put on the Christ who is present and soldier on until day time. Isaiah is celebrating the return to a Jerusalem transfigured by God’s word, and the psalmist joins him in longing for the true homeland. For once, it is Christ that paints the bleakest picture. No homeland or daybreak here, just a thief in the night, a disturbing presence that will wake you and rob you of all you thought was worth something.

Right, that’s made the waters murky enough for now. Let’s hope for some clarity later on in the week!

2nd Sunday before Advent November 13, 2007

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Here come the readings for the 2nd Sunday before Advent.

There are a lot of things to be said about this text, and I hope to be able to say a number of them this week. My first thoughts are that the difference between this and the tenor of Amos – look at the shocking things of the world and examine your own heart – is striking. Whilst it looks like Jesus may be correcting Amos, I think we could see that they are complementary. Amos warns us against complacency (as does the Thessalonians text, in its way) and religious self-centredness; Jesus tells us not to fear.

Both tell us not to fear. It is only someone completely free from fear that can repent of their sins. The alternative to a forgiving God is too awful to contemplate.

Other than that, I notice there is lots about the name of God in here. Something to think more about later maybe. I might even manage a translation of some of this Greek. The Luke text is surprisingly easy, but I was struggling with bits of the Thessalonians bit.

Revolting Theology October 29, 2007

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I get depressed when I hear radical theologians. It’s not that I think they’re fundamentally wrong, or want to criticise their anger and frustration. I just get depressed at how very few ways of thinking they can resort to.

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The City of God October 27, 2007

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Here comes my contribution to our reading group on Augustine’s city of God, taking place in the department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham.

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