Chasing essays [updated]

I can't find itFor some weeks now, I’ve been wracking my brains, various search engines, and a plethora of library catalogues trying to get my hands on the following two essays:

  • Brian G. Armstrong, ‘Semper Reformanda: The Case of the French Reformed Church, 1559–1620’, in Later Calvinism: International Perspectives (ed. W. Fred Graham; Kirksville: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1994), 119–140.
  • Richard Muller, ‘Diversity in the Reformed Tradition: A Historiographical Introduction’, in Drawn into Controversie: Reformed Theological Diversity and Debates Within Seventeenth-Century British Puritanism (Oakville: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), 1–30. (I only need the last 5 pages of this one!)

Even where I have (finally) been able locate the relevant items listed in a library catalogue, the librarian has been unable to unearth the book! Sigh! So, basically, I need some help here and am really keen to hear from anyone who may have copies, or access to copies, of one or both of the aforementioned essays. I can be contacted via here.

Note: I’m both delighted and relieved to declare that this hunting trip is now over. Many, many thanks, indeed to all those who have so kindly offered to assist me in my hunt for these two essays. I have been humbled by the response … and I now have copies. Thank you.

Congregational Studies Fellowships

The Congregational Studies Team from the American Society of Church History is pleased to announce the availability of Fellowships to support scholars who are interested in disciplined inquiry into the life of local communities of faith. Applications are encouraged from scholars in a variety of disciplines — from practical theology to the social sciences, from history to biblical studies and contextual education — for projects that involve learning from and about living communities of faith.

The application deadline is 1 February 2012, and more information is available from here.

Christus Victor and a request for help

HelpHelp! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! You know I need someone. Help!

When I was younger so much younger than today,
I found this awesome quote the page number of which I forgot to write down because I never thought I’d need it …

But now these days are gone
I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind …

So now … I’m trying to chase up a page reference to a passage from Jaroslav Pelikan’s ‘Foreword’ (pp. xi-xix) to Gustaf Aulén’s Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of the Atonement (New York: Macmillan, 1969). Unfortunately, I no longer seem to be able to lay my hands on a copy of this edition. If anyone has access to this edition, I’d be really keen to hear from you (via email is fine if you prefer).

I really want to be able to sing the next verse:

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze

Research Productivity and the Internet

Not that I can relate to this of course …

PhD’s on Barth

Would a prohibition on PhD’s on Barth for the next 30 years be a good thing? Does the guy need some air?

GRADBritain Magazine


If you are (or planning to be) a Post-Grad, you might like to know of a new on-line publication that has recently been launched called “GRADBritain”. According to their blurb, it aims to be “A magazine for and by PhD students in the UK”. The first edition seems to have enough stuff relevant for those outside Britain as well. It is written and edited by PhD students and in the first issue included topics such as:

  • Top ten ways to avoid writing up
  • Beijing-bound for a conference
  • Presentation tips
  • Stuff wot’ undergradz say
  • Dr Flo solves isolation woe
  • The art of time domination
  • Mental health and the PhD

You can download a copy from here.

Making the time …

As many readers of this blog know, it’s not easy finding time for building the marriage and doing the research. Any tips? What measures do you have in place in order to give proper energy to home and study? Are there things we can be learning from each other here? One example, I always seek to stop working as soon as Judy gets home from work and set aside the next few hours for catching up and playing with Sinead together. This often involves going for a walk.

Doctoral Study Tips

Michael has posted what I think is an enormously helpful list of Twelve Steps For Doctoral Students. It’s not exhaustive, but it betrays wisdom. Thanks MJ.