Saturday, June 18, 2011

A few items...

  • Markus Vinzent (who recently took up a post at King's College London), has done an awful lot of work to set up Oxford Patristics- the Conference Blog, which features all of the abstracts for the 2011 meeting.  Note the papers by Prof. Willemien Otten, Romulus Stefanut, and David Newheiser of the University of Chicago Divinity School.  
  • Some shifts of leadership in Hyde Park seminaries... Frank Yamada has been elected as the next president of McCormick Theological Seminary, and James Kenneth Echols has ended his 14 year tenure as president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Chicago.  Philip Hougen has been appointed as the acting president during the presidential search process.
  • The International Yearbook for Tillich Research has moved from LIT Verlag to De Gruyter.
  • The latest issue of Modern Theology features a symposium on Stanley Cavell's work as it relates to theology and religion. 
  • Interesting to note: the Tillich Yearbook mentioned above has more than doubled in price now that it is published by De Gruyter.  Thankfully, at 90 USD it still remains one of the most affordable theology journals out there.  In contrast Modern Theology, also mentioned above, charges more than any other major theology journal that I know of for institutional subscriptions.  Your library could buy the six volume backlist of the Tillich Yearbook almost three times over for the price of one volume of Modern Theology (Modern Theology graciously offers a discounted price for institutions in the "developing world," at which a year's subscription would only pay for the entire backlist of the Tillich Yearbook one and a half times over).  Moral: Frustrated that your library can't afford to own the theological literature that you need to do your work?  Let the editorial boards know how you feel.
  • Terrence Tice has revised his translation of Schleiermacher's Brief Outline of Theology as a Field of Study and published it with Westminster John Knox.  The translation began with John Knox in its first edition (1966) but was published in a second edition (1990) with Edwin Mellen.  It's good to see the volume back at a reputable press with better prices, cover designers who aren't asleep at the wheel, and bookbinding jobs that don't make you cringe.


      1. So I read all of this with interest, but I am dying to know, How does the new printing of Shleiermacher's book smell?

      2. I cannot say... we'll have to get your friend on that one. It would put a whole new spin on the book review as we know it.

      3. hi Evan,

        Rick Elgendy is presenting too. Happy Father's Day!


      4. I thought so, but I didn't see his abstract posted... I'll have to look again. And a very happy (first!) Father's Day to you!

      5. Just ran across this re-reading Wood and thought you would enjoy it.

        "College students at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, infected with what was recalled as an “infidel and irreligious spirit,” especially liked Paine’s work [the _Age of Reason_] and enjoyed throwing its heresies in the faces of their bewildered clerical teachers."

        Wood, Gordon S., _Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815_ (Oxford History of the United States) (Kindle Locations 3801-3802).