Friday 7 July 2006

One year today

Faith & Theology is a year old today. Do you have any favourite posts or discussions from the past year? Or anything you’d like to see more focus on in the year ahead? Anyway, thanks for visiting—and a special thanks to anyone who has been visiting for the whole year!


::aaron g:: said...

Congrats! I have appreciated:
(a) the theological hermenuetic you apply to your daughter's witty comments
(b)the debates in the comments sections - especially related to whether NT Wright is a worthy theologian
(c)Kim F's guest posts
(d) and the occasional link to my humble blog.

Happy B-day!

Chris Tilling said...

Congratulations, Ben! Well done for consistently producing interesting and informed discussion, typically the best on the web. I know that I have learnt a lot in the past year from your blog. I'll have to now scroll through your archives and think about what my favourite series was.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Ben!

My theological education has not taken such a quantum leap in years since I discovered F&T in December. The contributions are of such a high standard that it's like being in a senior common room; and that they are always made with such generosity and tact is a credit to the ethos you set. And what a great global resource for discovering work you weren't aware of. Congratulations! And a thousand thanks.

And, Aaron, that's really kind of you!

One of Freedom said...

I've enjoyed this blog since I found it as well. Great job. My favourite is the For the Love of God series though - what a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your first blogiversary, Ben! F & T is the blog I always point to to demonstrate that the blogosphere can indeed foster theological discussion in-depth. Thanks for creating and nurturing this community!

Anonymous said...

Ben, congrats on your first anniversary! What I especially like are the posts "Why I love.." and the "Essentials for theologians".

Nate Mihelis said...


I've only been a reader for the last couple of months, so choosing a favorite post is tough. However, I've enjoyed the series on "Why I love..." also and I definately need to work back through the archives. I got a good laugh from the "Theology of Kissing" post too!


Petter Ö said...

Congratulations, and thanks for a very fine blog!

I like most of the articles (the ones on Barth and the one on Darwin a lot) so I just want to quote the words that came to encourage Augustine:

"Scrolle et lege!"

Andrew said...

Happy blogiversary.

(here by way of Richard Hall)

Ap said...

Happy Anniversary!

I would keep the "For the love of God" series going because I really enjoy how people are influenced by theologians and what way they are influenced.

Rory Shiner said...

For the love of God series has been great. I also very much liked the "Ode to Church Dogmatics".
I'll continue to be a regular for sure.

byron smith said...

• Ode to CD (and the CD in a week)
• Essentials for theologians
• Theology of kissing
• Series on doctrine of Scipture
• Your generous and broad linking to all manner of worthy things.

F&T, along with MPJ's blog, got me started on this whole gambit. Thanks!

byron smith said...

NB 'this whole gambit' = blogging, not theology, Barth, God - those credits belong elsewhere...

T.B. Vick said...

Congrats on one year of great blogging. Ben, your blog was one of the first I found and one of the first I linked to.

Love the polls, love Kim's articles, really enjoy the quotes from Bob Dylan, and I have learned more about Barth this past year than I did for the three years I was in seminary. There's just too much to list - just keep doing the same thing!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Ben! I discovered your blog only a month or so ago through another blog, and I'm glad I did. I'm a theological amateur only (my field is French literature), but I enjoy not just the content but the tone of your posts. The "why I love..." series is great.

Anonymous said...

The footnote controversy is memorable...

Fred said...

I've thought about it a lot.

What I would love to see would be a series on the roots of American Protestantism. Protestant Christianity has richly developed in American soil, but I feel terribly ignorant of this richness (for example, I just recently learned that Puritan and Presbyterian are overlapping categories). "Roots" could embrace the theologians, leaders, movements, Anglo-European sources, etc. In order to understand myself as a Christian in America, I need to understand the most vibrant expressions of Christianity in our history.


David W. Congdon said...

Congrats, Ben!

My favorites include: CD in a week, Essentials for Theologians, For the Love of God, and best of all, your appreciation and posts on Eberhard Jüngel, which first brought me to your site while searching for fellow Jüngel readers online.

Thanks again for this marvelous site, and especially for the many wonderful quotes that bring up such interesting subjects for discussion.

David W. Congdon said...

Congrats, Ben!

My favorites include: CD in a week, Essentials for Theologians, For the Love of God, and best of all, your appreciation and posts on Eberhard Jüngel, which first brought me to your site while searching for fellow Jüngel readers online.

Thanks again for this marvelous site, and especially for the many wonderful quotes that bring up such interesting subjects for discussion.

David Wilkerson said...

Congrats! but never ask me for suggestions.....

I enjoy the blog in general but often wonder if the discussions are among theology geeks (in the best sense of the term of course:). Occasional questioning of why we are here in blogdom and its relevance to discipleship might be interesting. Are we collectively avoiding something else? Is our blogging therapy for alienation in a church that largely doesn't care for academic theology and biblical studies? Is the disembodied nature of the fellowship of blogdom significant?

The disjunction between the discussion here and life in the church (as opposed to seminary)is also interesting. What aer we actually doing here, whom is the discussion really serving? Interrogating the class and cultural issues of academic theology would be interesting. Here Tanner's Theories of Culture has been interesting to me, particularly the more intelligible middle essays. I believe Avilos' recent essay on the subject at SBL which was recently covered at Jim West and (somewhat more in depth) at Haggaion was also good at points on this subject. He asked some penetrating questions of academics that I think are relevant to theo- and biblioblogs.

Questions of economics need more presence. As much as the liberation theologians are probably not first loves here, they are proven correct that the concerns which we express here too rarely concern the diseased, starving, and radically poor. The realignment of consumption habits and the questioning of middle class forms of life need some space. So occassional suggestions for practical embodiment/enacting of theology.

Attention to the de facto theology of the churches(increasingly pentecostal) would be interesting, beyond typical blogdom derision. What pentecostalism might teach Jungel sounds like a terrifically frightening subject! Discussion of ecumenical talks or ecclesial political structures would be helpful.

Discussion of the actual state of the church seems important. Silence here about homosexuality and the controversies in worldwide Anglicanism and American presbyterianism, British Methodism can't be right. On that note, discussions of sexuality in general seem urgently needed since the church seems antiquated, complacent or irrelevant here in the West.

Trajectories that suggest the decline/demise of mainline churches and the seminaries they support with them would seem to call into question the existence or the shape of future theological reflection.

Unless your concern is only with theology proper, you could call the posts ecclesiology to make them justifiably theological. I know its too much for one man, so you are saying....get a blog! But you could always farm the work out to Kim:)

Congrats again! Now get to work!

Ben Myers said...

Thanks for all these comments and suggestions -- and thanks especially to David for your extensive (and rather formidable!) suggestions.

As for David's question whether the conversation here is for "theology geeks": I like to think, at least, that our discussions are no more geeky than the kinds that take place each day in a typical seminary classroom....


Joanna said...

Congratulations, Ben! I'll add my praise to the rest: I've enjoyed the breadth and depth of your posts very much, as well as your willingness to involve a wide range of guest post-ers.
I'd love to see some more historical discussion!

David Williamson said...

Many congratulations!

F+T is a source of stimulation, entertainment and blessing.

The eclecticism of participation and the grace pervading discussion is unique on the web, and pretty rare in life! Not only does it represent the best of the academy, it demonstrates the best of the church.

Thanks for all your efforts!

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