Thursday, July 19, 2007

Another Theology Meme

1. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 high), how would you rate your theological knowledge and breadth/depth of reading? I'll go with 5. I read a lot of the "dead white guys" in college and then was exposed to other more recent theological trends in seminary, but I still think I've only scratched the surface on a lot of it. And I've forgotten a lot, too.

2. What thoughts and feelings come to your mind when you hear the word "theology"? Nowadays I think a lot about people who devote hours of their day to sitting around reading this stuff, and about how "defending the faith" wasn't high on Jesus' priority list.

3. Who is your favorite theologian, and why? Schleiermacher, from whom I adopted the concept of "God-consciousness" and the feeling of absolute dependence (emphasis on dependence, rather than feeling).

4. Who is your least favorite theologian, and why? Kwok Pui-Lan, whom I once heard advocate for a "Christ-less Christianity" to make it less oppressive or whatever. And I still carry a grudge against John Shelby Spong...not personal, just his books.

5. Which theologians have you been meaning to read, but have not gotten to yet? Reinhold Neibuhr, the Wesleys, been meaning to finish Moltmann's Crucified God

6. If you are Catholic, can you name a favorite Protestant theologian, and if Protestant, Catholic? Thomas Merton...I'm currently reading his abridged journals. But all his stuff is excellent.

7. What theologies do you love like a rescue dog that saved your life? I'll go with Schleiermacher again, who came up with a way to speak of Christian theology without wandering too far off the beaten path as well as the strand of Reformed theology that not a lot of people like to talk about unless it's in reference to Barth's disagreements with him. And what I've read so far of Crucified God.

8. What theologies do you see commonly abused and wish people would stop it? The version of "grace/faith alone" theology where people decry any act of service or justice as "works righteousness" while a ridiculously huge chunk of the Bible is about God wanting us to do acts of service and justice.

9. What theologies do you think are from the pit of hell, inspired by demonic powers? Any theology from any faith claiming that God blesses murder.

10. What theological concept is most needed but ignored in contemporary Christianity? The book of James.

11. What other intellectuals or pseudo-intellectuals should blog this meme? I don't care.

(Does this mean I'm going to get some Reformed "drive-bys" now?)