Friday State of the Blog(ger)

So many books…such little time that isn’t taken up by work, social obligations, and sleep…if only I got paid to do this stuff.

The Magic Murder Bag:

  1. A Scandalous Providence by E. Frank Tupper  (Yes, still working on this one; it’s like eating an entire elephant one piece at a time…a very delicious, theological elephant…)
  2. Too Good To Be True: Radical Christian Preaching, Year A by Christopher Rodkey ( a pretty awesome pastor from Dallastown, PA, whose work is primarily in radical theology; great stuff)
  3. Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture by Nicholas Basbanes (A book about books…nerdiest goodness right here)

I also recently finished Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley; review of that forthcoming.

I’m still trying to decide whom to base my author project on; currently, I’m torn between a few gentlemen…

  • Wolfhart Pannenberg.  I heard about this guy through Homebrewed Christianity and did a little research.  The summaries of his work that I’ve found are very interesting, though I only have his Christology.  I’ve actually made his books my weight loss rewards (every ten pounds I drop and keep off for a week, I get one of his books). He utilizes prolepsis, effectively foreshadowing, as the main basis for his systematic theology and his understanding of the Gospels (no, I don’t know how that works out; I need to read it first!).
  • Paul Tillich. This man is a boss when it comes to twentieth-century theologians, impacting people inside and outside the Christian camp with his work in existential theology.  I actually have quite a few of his books that I’ve picked up in used bookstores, and it seems I can’t find anyone who hasn’t read him (besides me).
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Do I really need to explain this one?  Seriously, this guy is amazing, and I happened upon a literal treasure trove of his writings when one of the booksellers in Harrisburg came across about 10 paperbacks of his writings and GAVE THEM TO ME.
  • Friedrich Nietzche. I can summarize Nietzsche’s philosophy pretty well, I think, but I can’t articulate it to save my life.  I also just got several of his works on audiobook, so this is something I could perhaps do in addition to one of the other authors.

There’s a host of others I could do this on (Kierkegaard, Camus, Wittgenstein, etc.), but these are the ones in the forefront.  Anybody got any thoughts on who to pick, or perhaps suggestions of their own?


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