Twystematics 2: Revelation

For anyone who is interested, the second locus of my tweeted systematic theology, the doctrine of revelation, is now online here.

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Festblogging Paul Fiddes’s 65th birthday

With others, it’s a pleasure to mark online Paul Fiddes’s 65th birthday today, and to celebrate Paul, and his contribution to the life of the Baptist denomination, and to the academic theological scene in Britain and internationally. Paul is one of the most delightful people you could ever hope to meet, a true gentleman. He is also deeply committed to Baptist life in the UK and internationally, and has made several very substantial contributions to our life, some through his writing, more perhaps through his personal interaction in formal and informal contexts. As a theologian, he has contributed widely also, with Past Event and Present Salvation standing out as one of a handful of really important books on the atonement from the last few...

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Reflections on Spring Harvest 2012

We’re recently back from Spring Harvest in Skegness, where I worked with Norman Ivison of Fresh Expressions¬†each morning, and had my usual mixed set of lectures and seminars in the afternoons – this year discussing ecclesiology (SH’s theme this year), women and men in leadership, using social media, and dealing with divorce. I was also, for the first time, on the Event Leadership Team – a role which involved ‘early morning’ (7.45, but in SH terms…) prayer meetings, which turned out to be really good times, as wonderful stories were shared of what had happened around the site the previous day. The event was excellent; Ness Wilson, pastor of Open Heaven Church in Loughborough, gave the morning Bible readings and was, by...

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My Twystematic Theology

If anyone not on Twitter is interested in my project to tweet a system of doctrine, the first locus, the definition of theology, is now posted in its entirety on the website here.

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Coleridge on Easter

Wendy Cope somewhere reflects on being asked who her favourite poet is; she comments on thinking of her current lover, who is unquestionably her favourite poet – and whose poetry she finds to be of some merit, also. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is my favourite poet. I’ve written more than once on Coleridge’s theology, starting with my Masters’ dissertation – most recently (well, because of the history, the book was published a decade or near after the piece was first written, but…) contributing the chapter on STC to the Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth Century Theology. He downplays the theological significance of the historical details of the life of Jesus, because of a commitment to a neoplatonic system (and as a response to the...

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