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Out On the Web: Links for April 19

April 19, 2013

Stuff On My Rabbit

  • Ashish Varma at For Christ and His Kingdom recaps Stanley Hauerwas’s recent plenary lecture at the 2013 Wheaton Theology Conference.  This year’s conference theme was “Christian Political Witness,” and Hauerwas diagnoses a problem with both “liberal” and “Evangelical” approaches to this issue before eventually pointing to Karl Barth as providing an example of properly integrating theology and ethics and bringing these critically to bear on public life.”Hauerwas leans heavily upon Karl Barth,” Varma concludes, “arguing that the heart of the Swiss theologian’s proclamation was political. This is most obviously true when considering Barth’s role in drafting the Barmen Declaration, but in reality, the Declaration was simply the visible manifestation of what the whole of Barth’s theology embodied: a politics of Jesus for the Church.”
  • For those of us unable to make the conference in Wheaton, the full audio and video of all the sessions has just gone online.
  • Friend-of-the-blog Travis McMaken (Lindenwood University) has his first book now available for pre-order on Amazon.  Fortress Press is publishing Travis’s Princeton Seminary dissertation under the title The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism After Karl Barth. As the title suggests, he gives a close appraisal of Karl Barth’s doctrine of baptism on the way to a constructive account of infant baptism.  I’m looking forward to seeing the cover and some inside pages for this one.
  • Fred Sanders and Matt Jenson continue their discussion of Steve Holmes’s new book The Quest for the Trinity over at The Scriptorium.  This is Part 2, and covers the history of the doctrine of the Trinity (Chapters 3-8). Says Jenson: “The glibness with which recent trinitiarian theology has dismissed divine simplicity suggests just how far we have come from the Fathers’ recognition that the one God of Israel is the triune God.”
  • Earlier this month Richard Topping was appointed Principal of the Vancouver School of Theology. Among other things, Topping earned his doctorate under the supervision of John Webster, was a Presbyterian minister in Ontario and Quebec, and then taught at Schools of Theology in Montreal (McGill) and Vancouver (UBC). Most notably of all, however, Richard leads a vibrant Karl Barth reading group on the Left Coast which Jon has been very pleased to attend. Having completed CD IV/2 they will now discuss Table Talk and The Humanity of God before returning to CD IV/3.
  • Finally, to end your week well, Stuff On My Rabbit.  Thank you, Internet.
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  1. April 20, 2013 4:48 pm

    I look forward to reading Travis’ book, just as I look forward to reading yours (dissertation), one day, Darren, when it is published :-).

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