Monday, 25 June 2007

Out of the closet: a meme

Peter Leithart lists a series of theological “confessions” – so I thought I’d do the same. If you’re easily shocked, you might want to skip this.... Then again, perhaps we should make a meme of it – the “out of the closet meme.” To participate in this meme, just post a list of intellectual confessions. Here are some of mine:

I confess: one of the great turning-points in my life was reading Pannenberg’s christology (Jesus – God and Man).

I confess: no theologian makes me feel more comfortable, more at home, than Rudolf Bultmann.

I confess:
I tend to read Karl Barth through the metaphysical lens of Robert Jenson’s theology.

I confess: until I read John Webster’s Confessing God, I was convinced that theology should rid itself completely of the doctrine of God’s “attributes.”

I confess: I get inordinate pleasure from reading Plato and Hegel and Marx.

I confess: I sometimes wonder whether Schillebeeckx – rather than Rahner or Balthasar – might have been the greatest 20th-century Catholic theologian.

I confess: though I’ve tried and tried again, I’ve never managed to find Colin Gunton’s theology exciting.

I confess: I think David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

I confess: I sometimes wish that I had pursued historical Jesus studies instead of theology.

I confess: I think Bruce McCormack’s interpretation of election and triunity is one of the most important theological proposals of recent years.

I confess: I always believed that the sermon was more important than the sacrament, until I had young children – at that point, it became impossible to concentrate properly on the sermon, and so my eucharistic theology became much “higher.”

I confess: although it’s fashionable to say bad things about Augustine, I think he was the best theologian ever to walk the face of the earth.

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