Today i picked my books for my other summer class (Theology of Family) that starts in the middle of July. I noticed that out of the four books, three were by Ray Anderson. I did some counting, and with those three i have 13 books by Ray Anderson, all of which were purchased after i started graduate school.
Now to be fair, some of those weren’t required reading, but i found them on sale at a used book store. I though that since it was becoming clear to me that my professor loved Anderson’s work (he is a former student of his), it might be helpful to pick up other resources on the cheap.
Even with this disclaimer, i find myself questioning at times whether or not it is such a good idea to spend so much of my time devoted to only one person’s thought. Further, my prof also learned under T.F. Torrance, so i think that it is fair to say that roughly half of my required or recommended reading during my time at school has been either Anderson, the Torrances, or their mutual father in theology Karl Barth. While i understand that their is an integrity issue here for my prof (teach the truth), nonetheless i am saddend that there hasn’t been a broader scope at times. So the question is; how does one teach broadly while giving their convictions a prominent place in the classroom?