About the Blog
The purpose of this blog is for theological meandering. I am not working towards a specific, grand goal for this blog; instead, the guiding idea is about chasing curiosities and working out thoughts that get stuck in my head. Clearly then, doing this blog is just as much for myself, if not more, than for a reader. I have an itch and it needs to be scratched — and the scratching helps me distill and organize my thoughts. This process is not for superficial grins and giggles, but functions like a springboard for work elsewhere (e.g. papers, presentations, articles). There is a logic to the madness, trust me; even seemingly disconnected posts are actually linked. In short, the blog here is part of my thinking-writing process. But I could scratch privately, and I do, so why this blog? After all, such a diffuse process can be difficult to engage. Still, I have found that having a written, searchable record accessible by any internet device combined with written, well-placed comments has been extraordinarily helpful. A theological blog is also helpful for meeting other people of similar and not-so-similar interests. Thus this blog continues.
Still, I hope that this theological play without overt direction is not too tedious for the reader to follow. After all, accessibility is generally a concern of mine here, but not my first concern for the blog. I will be flexible when asked by those less involved in theological language, but I also do not have the time to define every word I use, nor always give background that could easily be found elsewhere. Some posts may be more technical, some assume a knowledgable background in the reader, and some have a popular audience in mind, but hopefully all will be clear.
While theological meandering is the purpose here, I do not intend to approach writing without seeking improvement. In point of fact, I am trying to use this blog to work on my writing, specifically on clarity and style. Despite that blogs are perhaps a published genre, I understand this specific blog to be inherently flexible and prone to constant revision, both in content and word choice. I suppose if I make a drastic turn in my thought somewhere, that change will come up as a new post; however, I expect to make smaller editing changes for flow as I see the need, without much warning before or after the editorial correction.
For the curious, here is the influence and reasoning behind the name of the blog.
About the Author
I am a doctoral candidate in Systematic Theology at Marquette University. My interests are in history, social ethics, and systematics. This inevitably leads to engaging economics, politics, social theory, and more. My overriding concern is: What sort of life do beliefs dictate? Therefore, what I do I tend to call political theology.
On a professional note, my Academia.edu page is here.
I also have an MA in Theology and Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and a bachelors from Multnomah Bible College (now Multnomah University).
Some of my theological influences are (the very short list): Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Cavanaugh, Louis-Marie Chauvet, James Cone, Gary Dorrien, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Beverly Harrison, Stanley Hauerwas, John McGuckin, Johann Metz, Larry Rasmussen, Walter Rauschenbusch, Tracy West, Delores Williams, Rowan Williams, N.T. Wright, and John Howard Yoder.
As for who I am: I may be a boring person. Paradoxically, theology seems to facilitate this on one hand and, on the other, reject it entirely. Theology calls for one’s undivided attention and one’s full resources, and yet tells the thinker to spread out into creation and enjoy the created. This “dialectic” (if one can call it that) polarizes theologians — we’re either terribly interesting or terrifically boring. I’d like to think I am the former, but am resigned to the fact that I may be the latter. What do I do on vacations for fun? Go to the pub with friends, drink imported beer and scotch, smoke a pipe, and talk theology on a technical level that is invigorating, slightly repetitive, and certainly a very strange language for anyone listening in.