Hello Faithful Readers,
I thought it might be fun to give a sneak peak of what most of my summer reading agenda looks like. Basically there are four main points of emphasis:
- To emmerse myself in the scriptures. In partcular, I am in the midst of moving towards an unabashedly theological reading of scripture. To continue to explore this change I will read through Genesis, Matthew, & Acts (with dashes of other books like Eccelesiastes thrown in), blogging through their respective Brazos Theological Commentaries, as well as other texts that shed light on theological interpretation.
- I want to examine virtue ethics, particularly as understood by Stanley Hauerwas. To that end, I’ll be working through both The Peaceable Kingdom & A Community of Character, as well as Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue, a major influence on Hauerwas.
- The primary goal for this summer is to deeply engage the works of Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, T.F. Torrance, & related sources for my essay in this summer’s upcoming Karl Barth Blog Conference. This will be the heart of my summer. No doubt this is a daunting task, since none of these guys make for easy sledding, but no pain no gain as they say.
- I want to begin to a sustained engagement with the thought of Thomas Aquinas & the subsequent movement that bears his name. This is not a paramount priority, so there will be less on this subject than the other topics, but it is time to begin giving the man the more extensive due he is owed.
I see this summer as tying up a few loose ends in my thinking, & gives me an excuse to engage some thinkers/topics I’ve been itching to. The only possible flaw is that the topic of science & theology, one of my favorites, couldn’t make the cut, which I might have to change. Also, I may start taking some summer courses from the local university, & if so obviously some of this list will get pared down. Anyway, if you know of any great resources I should be looking at related to my above topics, let me know. Should be fun-be sure to stop by!