Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Reading online

I may be the last in the circle of my "blogosphere friends" to do so, but I'm now reading

David Weinberger’s Small Pieces Loosely Joined on the web and really enjoying it. I'm coming to appreciate just how our world (and learning in that world) is being changed by the influence of the internet--or was it always thus and the internet has just cranked it up significantly?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nancey Murphy

I have a great appreciation for Nancey Murphy's work on science & theology, and was pleased to find this collection of essays and links to interviews. Unfortunately, I'm just an interested layperson when it comes to the natural sciences, and still feel very much like a neophyte in theology, so I'm not going to try to attend the STARS conference in Mexico where she will be one of the presenters.

theological education

Keith Johnson at Generous Orthodoxy ThinkTank links to Gordon Graham’s convocation speech at Princeton Seminary last Tuesday, a very interesting exploration of theological education, especially for me since I'm finally getting around to reading David Kelsey's work on Athens/Berlin. Graham situates the heart of theological education in discipleship.

At the same blog, there's an entry by KevinHector entitled Five Theological Trends to Watch, of which the first is

  1. The resurgence of the analogia entis. The analogia entis or “analogy of being” has started getting a lot of attention, mainly from theologians who are interested in recovering a Catholic/Orthodox way of seeing the world (read: RO and its sympathizers). This trend corresponds with a not-to-be-missed AAR session: David Bentley Hart and George Hunsinger are scheduled to talk about this issue at the Barth Society meeting.
This is fascinating to me as I read how Torrance reworked Barth's position on natural theology.

Now coming to you from Belfast

Make that Lambeg, actually, once a village but now part of the growing, vibrant city of Lisburn. We've been here a month and are getting settled into our very nice home and community. (Our broadband was hooked up only a week ago, and that's the excuse for not blogging that I'm sticking with!) It has been quite an experience finding our way through the process of getting established in another country. I honestly don't know how people manage a move to a country where the people speak another language. Of course, we've had to try to attune our ears to a version of English that isn't familiar, and those who speak Norniron are having to do the same with our Canadian accent. I actually heard someone use the expression "'Bout ye?" (like our "How are you doing?") today, something I'd been told to listen for. I've started another blog to record our settling-in adventures, so more of that there.
I'm a card-carrying Queen's student now, and the preliminary work I've been doing on my project has given me a good head start. I'm pleased that the main library has a good collection of Lonergan and Torrance is well represented at Union Theological College, and I received really good news about the education (social constructivism) aspect of my study (which I'll share later).