A reader who is relatively new to studying theology has asked my advice for reading, writing, and publishing. He does not have any plans to study for a degree in theology, but is interested in pursuing it as an independent scholar of sorts. He is a Catholic and has been reading theology for a number of months now, and is also getting into some modern philosophy.
I was wondering what advice others would give for someone in this position. A theologically educated public... people who are not professors or priests but who nonetheless contribute and receive from the theological conversation... strikes me as vital to the continued relevance of theological reflection for the Church and culture.
What would you recommend that this person read? Where would you recommend that this person direct their writing? I'm sure there are other discussions on other blogs that would be helpful as well-- feel free to recommend them.