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We Write Ourselves into Being

I found a great article about writing the doctoral thesis today. This paragraph especially inspired me and reminded me of what my primary task must be for the next 18 months.

“We write ourselves into being as scholars, as particular kinds of scholars who stand for particular things, who belong to particular traditions of research, who are interested in and ‘profess’ for specific agendas. We are known by and for our writing and we can consciously shape how we represent ourselves via our writing practices.” read more

On Writing, Blogging, and the Vocation of the Theologian | inspired by Augustine

“So I cannot decently refuse the brethren when they insist on their rights over me as their slave and demand that I should above all serve their praiseworthy studies in Christ by my tongue and my pen, a pair of horses in my chariot of which Charity is the driver. I must also acknowledge, incidentally, that by writing I have myself learned much that I did not know. So this work of mine should not be dismissed as superfluous either by the indolent or the learned, since it is very necessary to many who are neither indolent nor learned, myself included.”1 read more

  1. Augustine. The Trinity. Translated by Edmund Hill. Vol. 5 The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, Edited by John E. Rotelle. Brooklyn, NY: New City Press, 1990, 127. []

Progress Report for My Writing Sabbatical

JazzyNico_Air_traffic_control_Waypoint_triangle_2I passed a waypoint in my writing journey today. I finished writing the first draft of the Introduction, formatted it in final dissertation style, and sent it to my advisor.

I’ve been on a writing sabbatical for the past four weeks and have been working on multiple sections of the project. Today I felt like I needed to have one small sense of accomplishment, so I tweaked a couple dangling spots in the introduction and called it “good enough for a rough draft.”

I also reformatted the structure of the dissertation, so I spent a little time this morning reformatting the website to match. Now I have one section called Framing the Question rather than three sections for Theoretical Frames, Theological Frames, and Biblical Frames. I used the structure of the question itself as the outline. check it out… read more

Placher on the Unknowable God | A Chapter from The Triune God

I paused this morning to read. I have been writing for the past two days and I needed a change of mode. Finding myself not able to return to sleep at 4:00am I went downstairs and picked up William Placher’s book The Triune God and read first chapter, “The Unknowable God.”

My Reflections

Placher was admittedly a huge fan of Karl Barth, calling him “the greatest theologian of the twentieth century,” (23) and therefore is building a case for revelation through Jesus as the only possible starting point for any theological discourse.1 His Barthian adoration aside, I found this chapter to be helpful for me at two levels. read more

  1. my professors at Luther would disagree. They would take a more phenomenological approach and acknowledge the reality that all knowledge must begin with our experience of the thing observed–in this case the revelation of God in Jesus–and must be bracketed before we can enter into communicative reason to understand the phenomenon of the Word became flesh. []