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January 15, 2010

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Jason Goroncy

A good list Jim, to which I would add Robert Jenson, Eberhard Busch, Marilynne Robinson and John de Gruchy. I’m biased, but I also think that Trevor Hart is very underrated and I’m really looking forward to reading his three-volume A Poetics of Redemption. Of course, 12 months ago I would have had to have added Ray Anderson too.

Lawrence

‘It's a sign of age I'm told - to re-read instead of reading what's new.’ Personally I prefer C.S. Lewis’s view: a book that hasn’t been re-read hasn’t been read properly.

As for the list, like Jason I would add Robert Jenson, but also Colin Gunton, Dan Hardy and David Ford.

Simon Jones

Thanks. It is a good list and a challenge to me, immersed as I am in NT studies and history, to get out of the ghetto and read more widely.
So, I've just received Hauerwas' new collection of sermons to read and also plan to read the Open Secret this year.
I guess the person I might add to the list is Richard Hays. I know he's an NT specialist but his work on ethics and imagination is hugely stimulating.

Jim Gordon

Lists are personal, which is the limit of their usefulness to others I suppose. Those mentioned by Jason, Lawrence and Simon are just as valid. If I'd asked not about theologians but individual books it would be a very different list - and to it I'd add Vanstone's Love's Endeavour, Love's Expense, Vanier's Community and Growth, Lacugna's God for Us, Lash's Believing Three ways in One God, and Tanner's Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity. But then the list becomes a library!

Tony

Hi Jim,
I'm wrestling with Volf's Exclusion and Embrace - again!! Perhaps if I had a reading and discussion partner it might be easier?

Terry

During 2009, Marva Dawn's work especially had an impact on me.

Jim Gordon

Hi Tony. Volf deals with a subject that is itself a challenge. Add to that his writing style which I find at times abstract and requiring a grasp of unfamiliar concepts. But if the perseverance of the saints means anything in literary practice, it probably refers to how in theology benefit is sometimes directly proportionate to difficulty! Hope you persevere - he IS worth it. I won't get to him for a while yet.

Bruce Hamill

I love Volf. He is beautifully precise. To Volf and Williams, I would add James Alison and David Bentley Hart.

Bruce Hamill

Oh, and I would second Jenson too.

Jim Gordon

Hi Bruce. We haven't met, but I think you are another of Jason's friends charged with ensuring his good behaviour? More seriously, thanks for your suggestions. Jenson I know through his Systematic Theology, Alison's The Joy of Being Wrong, and Hart (Beauty of the Infinite) I've now bought three times - having given the volume away twice! Enjoyed them all, learned much.

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