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May 7, 2010

Why Do You Think Tom Wright Is So Popular?

The recent Wheaton Theology Conference with Tom Wright as the keynote speaker was sold out weeks ahead of time. As we observed the masses at the event itself, a professor acquaintance asked me why I thought Wright is so popular. “It’s great academic theater,” I answered glibly. Where that came from, I don’t know.

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November 21, 2009

Heard in the SBL Halls

In my Monday post I talked about my quest for context at SBL. I overestimated the gravitas of this convention. You hear some interesting things if you keep your ears open as you stroll the halls:

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March 24, 2009

Beware the Academic Joke

Somewhere I’ve heard Tom Wright tell the joke about the scholar who was in the habit of writing nasty critical reviews of the work of his academic colleagues at home and abroad. Then he started attending academic conferences and actually meeting some of these folks. Lo and behold, he found that he liked them. . . . So he made a very difficult choice. He decided to quit going to conferences.

Now to me that joke is hilarious. I smile every time I think of it. “So he quit going to conferences!” I can barely say the punch line without cracking up! But I’ve told that joke to a few nonacademic friends, and they don’t seem to think it’s funny at all. They look at me with that strained sort of okay-I’ll-feign-a-laugh look, but I can tell they’re wondering just what kind of bristling, asocial people I hang out with.

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October 15, 2008

The Future of Global Theology

This week the Global Dictionary of Theology (GDT), edited by William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, was released. It’s a happy event for all of us who have been involved with this project. The GDT is a unique theological resource, and we think it will quickly find its place in classrooms, studies and libraries.

In celebration of this event, next Thursday, October 23, there will be a colloquium on “The Future of Global Theology” at Fuller Theological Seminary. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Here’s a brief description: “With the historic shift of Christianity’s center of gravity away from Europe and North America and toward the global south, questions naturally arise: What will theology look like in the coming generations? What is the future of Western-style academic theology? The Global Dictionary of Theology was conceived to address these issues by proposing that theology is a growing worldwide conversation that connects with historic Christian traditions. This symposium will address the larger question of what future, if any, such global theology might have.”

Participants include the GDT general editors, Dyrness and Kärkkäinen, its associate editors, Juan Martinez and Simon Chan, and one of the contributors, Ogbu Kalu of McCormick Theological Seminary. I’ll also make a few remarks on the nature of the GDT.

This event is open to all. If you are in the L.A. area, come on over to Pasadena on the 23rd. You will find further information on Fuller’s website.

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April 15, 2008

Some Things I Learned at the 2008 Wheaton Theology Conference

Here is a grab bag of thoughts arising from the Wheaton Theology Conference last week (April 10-12, 2008). The topic was “Rediscovering the Trinity: Classic Doctrine and Contemporary Ministry.”

That (as if you hadn’t noticed) trinitarian theology is something everyone is talking about—and has been talking about in recent years—but that few are really able to talk about it with informed precision and agility, but that this conference gathered a good number of them together.

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