‘America — with its decaying infrastructure, its third-world public transit, its shrinking labor market, its evaporating middle class, its expanding gulf between rich and poor, its heartless health insurance system, its mindless indifference to a dying ecology, its predatory credit agencies, its looming Social Security collapse, its interminable war, its metastasizing national debt and all the social pathologies that gave it a degenerate imbecile and child-abducting sadist as its president — remains the only developed economy in the world that believes it wrong to use civic wealth for civic goods. Its absurdly engorged military budget diverts hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the public weal to those who profit from the military-industrial complex. Its plutocratic policies and libertarian ethos are immune to all appeals of human solidarity. It towers over the world, but promises secure shelter only to the fortunate few’.
– David Bentley Hart, ‘The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination’. The New York Times, 14 July 2018.
[Image: Gustave Doré, ‘Pantagruel’s meal’ (1854)]
- Some forthconing books to look out for: Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology by John Milbank, Creston Davis, Slavoj Žižek; Commanding Grace: Studies in Karl Barth’s Ethics by Daniel L. Migliore; Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom by Peter J. Leithart; and The Paradox of Disability: Responses to Jean Vanier and L’Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences edited by Hans S. Reinders.
- Robin Parry points us to a fascinating article by Dale Martin titled ‘When Did Angels Become Demons?’ which why ‘Christian systematic theologians should not feel bound to explore angelology and demonology within the confines of the traditional Christian view and might find fruitful ideas worth exploring in earlier biblical thinking in which angels and demons were two different kinds of creature rather than good and bad versions of the same kind’.
- An upcoming conference (and call for papers) considering ‘Perspectives on Evil’.
- Richard Hays on (not) burning the Quran.
- Brian McLaren, the Artful Dodger.
- Hauerwas on learning how to speak Christian.
- Clark Pinnock has finished the race.
- Davey Henreckson posts on Westminster and the ecumenical creeds and shares some Westminster-related links.
- Paul Helm reviews Bob Letham’s latest book, The Westminster Assembly: Reading Its Theology in Historical Context.
- Finally, they can keep their ipads, kobos, kindles, nooks, (Sony) readers, and pocket books; I’ll have one of these man-size e-readers any day:
[Image: Members of the staff of the Bank of New Zealand, on Lambton and Customhouse Quays, Wellington, gather around the first electronic book-keeping machine installed in the bank, 1960. HT: National Library of New Zealand]