Huzzah!

Jennifer’s essay on Origen and apocatastasis was honored as the best student essay on theology by the Union Seminary Quarterly Review (it’s not online, for reasons I can’t fathom). What makes this all the more exciting is that John Anthony McGuckin, one of the world’s foremost Origen scholars teaches at Union, so he presumably approves…

From The Past

Margaret and I have increasing numbers of younger friends with small children. Because we care about good parenting, we want to share with our friends some of the benefit of our experience (this trick works especially well on people who actually know our children). In order to complete the prank, though, we need the help…

Next. . . .

Over the weekend (at Margaret’s place in Durham) I finished the series of posts on Magritte’s “Words and Images” over at the Beautiful Theology site. We’ll talk about Magritte in the seminar Thursday, then (probably) move on to Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. I summed up my response to the essay here.

Long Day in Durham

Margaret, Pip and I kept busy today, wandering around the Duke campus and Margaret’s neighborhood in Durham. I have about enough energy to blog some highlights, accompanied by appropriate photos. First, after we woke up and had a breakfast, we went to the Nasher Museum at Duke. It’s new even to Margaret; it was under…

Baudrillard Bigger Than Matrix

Encountered via links that began from Scott McLemee’s appreciation of Jean Baudrillard at Inside Higher Education: various other helpful online sources for learning more about an intellectual who had a lot more going on than just urging John Anderson to take the red pill. Douglas Kellner’s overview in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP seems…

In A Word

My column in the Christian Century is out in print (I guess they run their website on a week’s delay). Since others have been disappointed that I voice support for the Archbishop of Canterbury, I’ve been fretting over whether my explicit asseveration that my theology has not changed, and that I’m not backing away from…

Slacktivist on Charity

No, not “give to those who ask from you” — though he’s in favor of that, too — but the refusal to ascribe one’s opponents’ disagreements to motives less worthy than one’s own. Fred is talking about disagreements over the Iran Conquest, but you could say the same about the Anglican Impasse (as the Century…

If The Lagoon Was Whisky

Pippa and I have been watching with fascinated delight the antics of a solitary diving duck among the innumerable dabbling mallards on Northwestern University’s campus lagoon. We haven’t agreed, however, on the precise identification of our unknown subject. The European Red-Crested Pochard bears a certain resemblance to our suspect, but since ours lacks the red…

Mail Clog

My Apple Mail application no longer searches its database for strings I type into the search window. Like a digital Wally, it simply disregard the search strings I enter, or returns a desultory two or three recent messages. I don’t have time, at the moment, to search Apple’s site for answers, but if you’re waiting…

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I was going to blog about David Weinberger’s newsletter reflections on “meaning,” but today;s beginning to look a little crowded, and elsewhere I wrote a long response to someone who was asking about The Law of Attraction and The Secret. I’m reposting it here (slightly edited) in public, with the proviso that this response is…

Closure

Yesterday was the last day of Epiphany Term classes (I’m sticking with the archaic ecclesiastical terminology, since next year we’ll probably just call them “Fall Semester” and “Spring Semester” like every other educational institution). This week I finished a book review, an article, and a sermon; I have one book review to go, and I’ll…