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Jim Gordon
Westhill, Aberdeen.
I'm a Scottish Baptist minister, an enthusiastic theological educator, a writer and reader, an Aberdeen Football supporter, and seconder of Louis Armstrong's affirmation 'What a Wonderful World'!
Interests: I'm an incurably omnivorous reader. Historical theology, biblical exegesis. theology and the arts, and spirituality are areas of research; but novels, poetry, philosophy and intellectual biography have their fascination too. When opportunity arises I cook, this blog is a quite large tip of my writing iceberg, I design and work tapestry, play with elementary haiku and fibonacci, have begun to enjoy photography and have a small list of places I really need to visit before I die!
Recent Activity
Hello Hermina - yes Mary Oliver is well worth making a friend. Most times I need some reorientation, new perspective, or just life affirming words, she seldom fails. deep thought and feeling, unsentimental but genuine, and the consciousness that she sees and enables to see the beauty and mystery and gift that life is. And she understands sorrow as few contemporary poets do - without being depressingly bleak, or annoyingly flippant. Enjoy her.
Hi Jason - I think Gordon's biography is the best available just now. McGrath is less theological but good for contextual background; Bouwsma is flawed by tendentious psychological interpretations, though fascinating and I think at times enlightening. Partee is the best book on Calvin's theology I've read, and along with Gordon the two standout volumes for interest and reliability. I think the Selderhuis Calvin Handbook is another fine resource as is the Cambridge Companion. But the Calvin industry works at a high production level.
Hello Jason - lest you think it a typo, 'nuse' is a deliberate neologism - aye right Jim :)) More seriously, I'd read anything by De Gruchy and the book you mention is one of my favourites I have read in this area so far, because it is grounded theology, generous in scope, and shows how a theological aesthetic subverts so much that is ugly, broken and dehumanising. Tikkun Olam I haven't got to yet but is on the need to get that list. I just ordered the SCM Reader for Theological Aesthetics - a post Easter daily reader for me
Hello Sean, good to hear from you again. This is being written listening to Mozart's Vesperae Solenne sung by Kiri! It's a good time to be a Bonhoeffer student. But can you remember when you first heard his name and read him? Have you read Marty's 'biography' of the Letters and Papers. I learned a lot from him.
Hello Kevin - good to hear from you! And glad to hear from someone who still gives Brunner an honoured place in the pantheon of 20th Century theologians. It's a pity that Brunner has been overshadowed by Barth, because he had a distinctive voice and an equally strong commitment to Gospel and Church. I didn't know about the forthcoming McGrath book and I'll look forward to reading a positive account of a theologian who didn't maske it into any of the books I mention in the post. I think he is at least as important as Pannenberg, though they confronted different challenges and wrote out of dissimilar contexts. I hope McGrath's reappraisal persuades others to go read Brunner.