Imagining the Kingdom is the second volume of a projected trilogy by James K.A. Smith called Cultural Liturgies. In the first book, Desiring the Kingdom (which I have not read, but Smith gets the reader up to speed in the early parts of this book), Smith argued that humans are primarily shaped more by the … Continue reading Tell a Story that Captures Hearts: A Review
I've been reading Rodney Stark's The Triumph of Christianity, and I'm struck by what he says about one of my major interests, Christian education, during the Reformation and post-Reformation: The English philosopher John Locke (1632--1704) noted that a preacher "may as well talk Arabic to a poor day-labourer as the notions" that the Anglican clergy preferred … Continue reading Rodney Stark on “The People’s Religion”
Every now and then, someone I know will ask me, “Elliot, you’re a pretty smart guy. Why don’t you go on to further studies?” I am flattered by their assumption that I’m intelligent, but here is my answer to that question: 1. While I love to study, I don’t have a strong enough interest in … Continue reading Why I’m Not (Currently) Studying for a PhD
Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann came to Regent College to give the Laing Lectures on October 8 and 9. I graduated from Regent in the spring, but currently I don't live too far away, so I decided to hoof it up to Vancouver to see friends and listen to some good lectures. The lecture series … Continue reading Laing Lectures 2008: Walter Brueggemann (1 of 3)
This past Friday, I handed in my Christian Spirit take-home final, the very last thing that I had to write in order to complete the requirements for my Master's in Divinity. Which means, I'm done! All I have left to do now is graduate next Monday, April 28. My parents are both coming out to … Continue reading Finished!
Finished writing a paper today, and now I'm done for the semester. It was a 3800 word paper, and I'd been so busy with other things until mid-week this week that I didn't actually start writing it until Wednesday. After hours and hours of writing and reading and subjecting my body to obscene amounts of … Continue reading Woohoo!
Last week Wednesday and Thursday, philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff came to Regent to give the Laing Lectures: 3 lectures, 2 days, 1 topic. The topic of his lectures was "Love and Justice." He was basically answering the question: "Why is it that so many Protestant Christians are uncomfortable with the category of social justice, especially when … Continue reading Wolterstorff on Love and Justice
I realized at about 4:30 this morning that life had become unbearably ironic. The reason why I was up that early/late is that I was working on a book review for a class of Thomas Morris' Our Idea of God: An Introduction to Philosophical Theology. The reason why I came to think that life had … Continue reading A “B” (probably) for Well-Being