Matt Selman (of The Simpsons fame) has a delightful post on the rules of bookshelf etiquette, including the rule that “it is unacceptable to display any book in a public space of your home if you have not read it.” Then Ezra Klein responded with a humorous rejoinder: “Bookshelves are not for displaying books you’ve read. Rather, the books on your shelves are there to convey the type of person you would like to be.”
(I’m more in the Klein category.)
I can hardly imagine a more acute commentary on certain forms of contemporary Protestant theology. Is this not, in fact, the precise goal of many theologians (e.g. Cupitt, Spong) – “to produce a version of Christianity so wishy-washy that nobody will be interested in being a Christian anymore”? – Ben Myers
“I suggest, Christians should learn to read the canon of the NT, not in search of an essential core or purified “canon within the canon”—not, in other words, within the frame of a single abstract principle—but in a living conversation with all the writings in all their diversity and divergence. Only in this way can they continue to speak”
– Luke Timothy Johnson & T.C. Penner, The writings of the New Testament: An interpretation (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999), 613.
– Posted by Chris Tilling
McCain vs Obama. A Fourth Turning Phenomenon? A interesting read considering the ‘generations’ impact on the election. (Michael Kruse)
Made me laugh
Maybe I was tired; maybe I was giddy from the good news. At the risk of being irreverent .