The Reformers are for most people either the best thing to ever happen to Christianity or the worst. Vain is the attempt to find middle ground perspectives, where the men who died 500 years ago are considered with a mere shrug of the shoulders. “Meh,” is rarely the expression one uses in relation to Luther, for example. So let’s run a thought experiment.* [Read more…]
What if you could attend any or all of the conferences that we’ve been posting recaps about here on the Academic Blog? And what if you could do that without having to pay for hotels, airfare, taxi, and food? The Mobile Ed Christology Conference is your chance to attend a stimulating conference this summer at a fraction of the cost of a typical conference. It happens online August 20–25 2018, and tomorrow is your last chance to take advantage of early bird pricing. [Read more…]
Photos by Tavis Bohlinger
Yesterday we published a recap of the St Andrews Atonement Symposium 2018 written by Justin Duff, one of the three outstanding organizers of the event. Today and the rest of this week theLAB will publish an extended photo essay of the Symposium, as a means to enable our readers to participate (virtually) in what has become one of the highlights of the conference season every other year.
by Kevin J. Vanhoozer | Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
There’s a word for describing the latest cultural fad of bringing back styles, fashions, or designs from the recent past: “retro.” Vinyl records are popular once again despite the superior digital technology. Retro restaurants stake their business on the appeal to a new generation of, say, self-consciously identifying with everything 1980s. As sociocultural commentators point out, however, such retro homage is “half-longing, half-ironic.”1 [Read more…]
Editor’s note: Today we honor of the 73rd anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I asked my friend and Durham colleague, Jameson Ross, to write a short piece on the significance of the publication of the critical edition of Bonhoeffer’s Works in both German and English. The release of these dual sets is a monumental achievement, and every theologian (whether academic, pastor, or layperson) should seriously consider adding this comprehensive collection of Bonhoeffer’s writings to their Logos library and reading list. Jameson tells us why below. [Read more…]
You’ve never read Barth’s lectures on Ephesians.
I guarantee you that this is the case, unless, however, you meet the following two criteria: (1) you read German (quite well), and (2) you somehow managed to get a hold of the German edition of 2009.
Just recently in Boston, I had the opportunity to chat with the remarkable Marty Folsom (PhD). Marty is Executive Director of both the Northwest Theological Collaboration and the Pacific Association for Theological Studies, and a long-time educator at various institutions of higher-ed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Marty and I spoke at length about the importance of British theologian T. F. Torrance, especially in the context of current discussions of the Trinity. [Read more…]
The following paper by Stephen Chan was presented at the “Internationale Konferenz über Moltmanns Denken und Sino-Theologie”, held at Chung Yuan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
In his early article on the philosophy of hope, Paul Ricoeur admiringly spoke of Moltmann’s eschatological theology: “For my part I have been very much taken with – I should say, won over by – the eschatological interpretation that Jurgen Moltmann gives to the Christian kerygma in his work The Theology of Hope.”1 It is quite uncommon for a contemporary European philosopher to so explicitly admit his indebtedness to theological insight. Yet, this is reminiscent of the intriguing history of how Karl Barth’s Römerbrief once inspired Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit. [Read more…]
You either love Barth or you hate him. But whatever your view of his work (and life), he is a theological tour de force to be reckoned with, arguably the most prolific and creative theologian of the 20th century.