We saw a good number of academic jobs introduced the past two weeks, including a handful of posts at Aberdeen. Other jobs are to be found from Austria to Chicago, Korea to Barcelona.[Read more…]
A good Biblical theologian is a faithful theologian. Whether or not you recognize it, everyone is a theologian of sorts. We all have thoughts about God whether a Christian, an atheist, a Buddhist, or a Muslim. Everyone speaks words about God. Our concern then with being good Biblical theologians lies within the idea of faithfulness. [Read more…]
A good theologian knows what they are doing and why they are doing it, asking the vocational questions of what it means to be a theologian and what it means to do their task well. A good theologian keeps these questions close at hand, since they clarify what it means to be a theologian in one’s own setting. [Read more…]
Call to Papers for “Bonhoeffer’s Contemporary Voice: A Postgraduate Seminar on Dietrich Bonhoeffer” at the University of Aberdeen
Photos by Tavis Bohlinger
One of the advantages to living in the UK is the ease with which one can get from London to Manchester, Oxford to Edinburgh, or, in my case last week, from Durham to Aberdeen. I found out on very short notice that Philip Ziegler, personal chair in dogmatics at King’s College, University of Aberdeen, was holding a symposium in which other scholars at Aberdeen engaged critically, and constructively, with his recent book, Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology (Baker Academic, 2018).
I had actually just finished reading the book and thoroughly enjoyed it (Ziegler writes with striking prose), but I was left with some nagging questions. So I booked a last-minute ticket up to Aberdeen last Thursday and settled in for the 5-hour train ride, much of it along the stunningly rugged coast of Scotland. Good thing I have a Kindle. [Read more…]
This was a solid week in job adverts, with posts available across the disciplines from Canada to Germany, Scotland to Colorado. [Read more…]
We continue our series on the qualities and practices of good biblical scholar with the esteemed Grant Macaskill of Aberdeen University.
I’m sensitive to a number of things on the back of the intellectual humility work I’ve done recently, and obviously such humility would be a key marker: we are all imperfect, finite thinkers, who are dependent on God and on other creaturely thinkers, and have to be open to exchange with others if truth is to be comprehended. John Barclay, Simon Gathercole or Loren Stuckenbruck are all lovely examples, I think, of such openness, by contrast to some others who may be rather more entrenched in their own positions. [Read more…]