Sunday, June 11, 2006

Round 1: Group Hilary

East meets West i this game. Will God bless the USA, or will the light come from the East?



Two important representants for two kinds of "post-modern" theology meet in the second game in the group. Frei the narrative theologian and McFague the eco-feminist. Tough choice!

12 comments:

Patrik said...

I realize that Lossky will have a tough game, but his "The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" should be mandatory reading for all theologians.

The second one i really difficult. Both offer important perspectives.

One of Freedom said...

Considering one of my favourite profs is eco-feminist Heather Eaton poor Frei misses my vote.

byron said...

I realise the comments version is more work for our intrepid host, but won't this kind of match be more vulnerable to fixing and ballot stuffing? Speaking of which, check out this.

As for the actual matches, I've got to go with Frei, despite his untimely death and the frustration of getting compilations of students' notes. The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative shifted thinking in many circles and was an important call back to the text. Llosky, by reputation, is right up there with the best, and from all accounts may be the most important Orthodox voice of the 20thC, but since I'm yet to read any, I've had to go with Jenson, who writes some great stuff on the Trinity himself.

byron said...

Will God bless the USA?
Glad to see you have a high opinion of divine interest in this poll. :-)

Patrick McManus said...

Jenson
Frei

There really isn't a competition here. Jenson and Frei are two of the most important N. American theologians of the 20th century (and 21st, in Jenson's case).

Aaron G said...

On "ballot stuffing"...all one has to do is clear their cookies and then they can re-vote. I haven't done this, but if an important match is close...you never know what some people will stoop to (Go Niebuhr!).

Patrik said...

Thanks for pointing that out Aaron... ;)

I have to consider how we will do the finals. The problem is there either way.

Ben Myers said...

Thanks, Aaron: I didn't know that you could re-vote just by clearing your cookies. I'll keep this in mind if Robert Jenson ever starts falling behind....

(So if the map shows that Jenson received 1000 votes from Brisbane in Australia, you'll know it was me.)

;-)

byron said...

A suggestion: for the finals, you could restrict voting to comments and only allow comments from people registered on Blogger prior to June 2006. This could take a little checking, but it would really only be necessary on close matches, or in matches where there are many votes from names we haven't seen before.

One of Freedom said...

I don't think it should really be an issue, after all if you are here voting then I would presume you have at least read what they fine Christians have written. Would they really endorse fixing an election? I doubt it.

Patrik said...

I don't think this will be to much of a problem. I will probably do the finals with comments, It is more exciting, but I have a reasonable overview of visitors as it is, and if something extreme would happen I'd notice. But I think we can get by with the "honour" system.

kim fabricius said...

A bunch of theological geeks game-fixing! I reckon it's the pernicious influence of Reinhold Niebuhr's so-called "Christian realism"!