Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A few items...

  • I mentioned a little while back that I was looking for a copy of Kurt Koch's plenary address to the 50th anniversary of the PCPCU this past autumn.  I was able to secure a pdf of the speech, but I just ran across a more official publication of it today.  I've ILL'd it and will hopefully get to see it before too long.  Cardinal Koch has recently succeeded Walter Kasper as the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and he is quite a significant change of pace from his predecessor.  He will be worth watching over the next few years for those concerned with ecumenical matters.
  • The latest issue of the Anglican Theological Review considers same-sex relationships and the nature of marriage.  Co-authored essays from what they call "traditionalist" and "liberal" perspectives are offered, with responses from both groups as well as outside responses from others. 
  • The latest issue of Inquiry considers the secular and the sacred.  While I don't think this is another theme issue on The Secular Age, Taylor does have an essay in the issue and it looks like a few of the articles deal with his book in a significant way.
  • Tim Larsen published an article in IHE last month on "Why We Said No"... an honest look at what hiring committees may be thinking when you get rejected from an academic position.  Not a fun or uplifting read, perhaps, but it may offer some useful information for those currently on the market.  I imagine some of it applies a bit to applicants for graduate programs as well.  Also note some responses in the comment section making requests for more specific advertisements of job positions.  I imagine this is tough for committees to a certain extent because, as Larsen mentions, they don't always have a clear idea of what exactly a department needs until they hash it out amongst each other with applications in hand.  But worth noting, and perhaps considering if you are on faculty somewhere. 
  • The 2011 Colin Gunton Memorial Essay Prize theme was recently announced by IJST, "the theology of providence".  Also, congratulations to Ashley Cocksworth for his article, "Attending to the Sabbath: an alternative direction in Karl Barth’s theology of prayer", which won the 2010 prize.
  • Villanova's Patristics, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference has opened its 2011 call for papers on the theme of "Natura: the splendor of these created things".  Submissions are due June 15th. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure exactly what to make of the Morerod quote offered by the Angelicum blog on the recent decree on the reform of ecclesiastical studies of philosophy. The Anglelicum takes the entire press release from VIS, but they've actually taken the liberty of editing the VIS rendering of Morerod without mentioning it. The VIS release reads:

    "A non-Christian philosopher can be useful to theology whereas a Christian philosopher who wishes to prove the existence of God can have the opposite effect"

    The original reads:

    "Un filosofo non-cristiano può essere utile alla teologia, mentre un filosofo cristiano che vuole dimostrare l’esistenza di Dio può aver un impatto contrario."

    Assuming that the Holy See didn't publish an inaccurate transcript, Morerod's statement still seems out of place. So non-Christian philosophers may be useful for theology while philosophers trying to prove the existence of God may not be? Well, I'm fine with a statement like that, but it seems to go against the grain of the wider point the Vatican is trying to make about philosophy.

    Not sure what to make of all this, although I find it a bit annoying that the Angelicum would just quote a press release at length and then do their own editing without even mentioning that they altered their original source.