08 July 2003

projects

I haven't been blogging much lately due to several projects I'm currently working on, along with my full-time daddy duties (though grammy has been a big help here). Trying to a keep an eye on a very active nearly 11-month old and doing academic writing really just don't go together very well. Besides, spending time with Claire (despite the occasional fussiness or dirty diaper) is more immediately rewarding.

I would very much like to have the writing projects completed in the next eight days or so, especially since the one project is a series of lectures that I'm leaving next week to present at a conference in Florida.

Those lectures will concern post-modernism and Christian faith. As I'm planning them out now, I think the first lecture will be an introduction to post-modern thought, placing it within historical context and against the backdrop of the modern, as well as mentioning some common misperceptions and criticisms.

The second lecture will give an overview of several major themes within post-modernism, with some focus on the intersection between post-modern thought and theology: the collapse of metanarratives, overcoming onto-theology, the metaphysics of presence, and so on.

The third lecture will look at two kinds of Christian responses to post-modernism: the largely critical response to post-modernism by many evangelicals (e.g., D.A. Carson, Gene Veith) and the more enthusiastic (though not uncritical) embrace of post-modernism by others (e.g., Merold Westphal, Jack Caputo). Perhaps I'll suggest that evangelicalism has so much invested in the modernist project, one could hardly expect an entirely positive reaction to post-modern's critique of the modern.

The final lecture will look at some of the major themes of (and problems with) Radical Orthodoxy, which is, to my mind, one of the more interesting and helpful contributions to the interaction of post-modernism and Christian faith. While Radical Orthodoxy has some definite weaknesses (e.g., its connection with scriptural reflection seems, at best, a bit loose; some RO thinkers are not quite so orthodox as one might like; etc.), I think it has the greatest resources for building a more positive appropriation of postmodern themes.

The other projects I'm working on are: [1] a long-long-overdue essay on the Reformed doctrine of regeneration which will be one chapter among others in a collection of essays; and [2] a book proposal for Prentice-Hall for a introductory philosophy text on concepts of humanity, composed of several complete primary texts with introductions, study aids, and suggested classroom activities.

Well, Claire is going down for a nap soon, so back to work...