Monday, February 22, 2010

A few items...

  • John discusses the work of Aziz Al-Azmeh on Islam, late antiquity, and questions of periodization.
  • The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies has a CFP for an upcoming theme issue on "Identity and Religion in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean". Submissions are due 1st July, 2010.
  • Anthony Paul Smith shares some of the latest news on his edited volume with Daniel Whistler, After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion. There is a great suggestion in the comment section to recommend this book for your library. Congratulations to Anthony and David as this project moves towards completion... I'm looking forward to its release.
  • An interview with David Kelsey looking at his recent two-volume opus on theological anthropology, Eccentric Existence. (Also, apologies to whoever linked this interview on their blog... I've lost track of who you are and so can't offer my thanks)
  • For those who are planning to attend the 2010 Wheaton Theology Conference but don't know much about N.T. Wright... Nijay Gupta has helped to organize a series of posts on "N.T. Wright for Everyone" (here and here). For those in the Wheaton area, the Theology Department is also hosting a short film and discussion on N.T. Wright this Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 PM in Barrows Auditorium.
  • Amidst a lot of less-than-stellar considerations (both supportive and suspicious) of Wheaton's president-elect, Rachel offers some helpful thoughts.


  1. Aaagh! Please don't link to that David Kelsey interview! It's one of the most excruciating things I've ever heard — for some reason, they chose an interviewer who knew absolutely nothing about the book, or even about the topic in general. Kelsey's new book is a great work, and it doesn't deserve to be connected in anyone's mind with this train wreck of an interview.

    There, I feel much better after a good rant.

  2. Good to know... I haven't actually listened to it yet. I've been surprised at how little attention Kelsey's book has been getting, so I was excited to find something bringing attention to it. It's unfortunate to hear that the interview is sub-par.

  3. Upon listening to the interview, I wonder whether the strategy was to open up the book to lay audiences? That's my charitable explanation of the matter, at least.

    I'm not familiar with WJK Radio more generally, so I don't have a sense of whether this is typical for them. I may risk listening through the John Haught interview to find out (although religion-and-science treatments also tend to be sitting ducks for underwhelming discussion).

  4. Hello there. I'm having a hard time finding any more information about the event at Wheaton College tomorrow night. Do you happen to know anything more about it or where I can find out more information?

  5. Hello Jonathan,

    The email that the Wheaton community received said the following:

    "Resurrection, a film featuring N.T. Wright will be shown on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 PM in Barrows Auditorium. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with BTS professors: Dr. David Lauber, Dr. Leroy Huizenga, and Dr. Beth Jones."

    I have not seen any further details posted on the Wheaton website. The event is free and, I assumed, open to the public. If you're not from the College and don't know the campus, this map should help. Barrows is just inside the north-east entrance of the Billy Graham Center.

  6. Evan,

    I greatly appreciate the prompt follow-up and extra information. I will definitely have to consider this.


  7. Thanks for the plug! (It's Daniel though, not David.)

  8. Fixed. Sorry about that, Daniel.

  9. I would say that WJK's handling of this book has been very odd from the get-go. They hastily threw together a panel at AAR in Montreal. None of the presenters had time to adequately engage the material. Miroslav Volf ostensibly admitted that he hadnt even opened it yet.

    They should have waited til this year's AAR. But that was just poor planning resulting in poor PR.

  10. Ben said: "for some reason, they chose an interviewer who knew absolutely nothing about the book, or even about the topic in general."

    The interviewer claims to have "engaged with this book very carefully." Ben, is he lying?