11 January 2007

best contemporary theology book meme

I was tagged by Cynthia (who was tagged by Patrik). Here's the requirement:
Name three (or more) theological works from the last 25 years (1981-2006) that you consider important and worthy to be included on a list of the most important works of theology of that last 25 years (in no particular order).
There's the added caveat that the books should not be works of biblical exegesis, historical studies, etc., unless these are of special theological interest.

I don't want simply to repeat what others have said, though some have made very worthy suggestions. So far I've seen listings from the scholarly work of Richard Muller, Heiko Oberman, John Zizioulas, George A. Lindbeck, Jürgen Moltmann, T.F. Torrance, Robert Jenson, John Milbank, Colin Gunton, Kevin Vanhoozer, Rowan Williams, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Stanley Hauerwas, among others.

So what possibly can I add? Here are four suggestions:

1. Lesslie Newbigin, The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1995). One could just as easily suggest here Newbigin's Foolishness to the Greeks (Eerdmans 1986) or The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Eerdmans 1989).

2. Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul (New Haven: Yale 1989).

3. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Theo-Dramatik (Freiburg: Johannes Verlag, completed 1983). If the pre-1981 publication date for the first volume violates the rules, then I'd suggest von Balthasar's Theologie der drei Tage (Johannes Verlag 1990).

4. Oliver O'Donovan, Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1994). Alternatively, one might include O'Donovan's Desire of the Nations: Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology (Cambridge 1996).

I tag: Alastair, Joel H., Russ, and anyone else who wants to play along.

10 January 2007

blogging dearth

I apologize for the dearth of blogging here in recent weeks.

We were on the road for a couple of those weeks, visiting Laurel's mother in far southwestern Florida. Since our return, I've been catching up on items that need to be accomplished before the new semester begins - not to mention all of us ending up stuck in bed a couple days with a very nasty tummy virus. Ugh.

In any case, I hope to back soon, once I'm caught up on other things. In the meantime, isn't the new Apple iPhone really cool?