I received a rather nice gift today. Prof. Hans-Joachim Eckstein gave me a copy of his new book Glaube als Beziehung. It’s not an academic book in the strictest sense, but written for the general reader - such that Anja and I are planning to read it together.
I find it so important for skilled academic theologians to write at a more popular level. I suspect this is why Tom Wright has been the target of so much ‘you’re going to hell you evil heretic’ sort of rhetoric. He simply won’t stay in his Ivory Tower! (Theologians infecting the pew just won’t do, even if there are too few, who really want to! I feel another song coming ...)
Of course, this is one of the reasons Jim West keeps on about Zwingli who, more than other reformers, was a pastor, relating to the average Joe ‘pew sitter’. So I’m told, anyway. But now I’ve received my copy of Locher’s Die Zwinglische Reformation, I’ll be able to check that out for myself. Chris is reading something about Zwingli?! Well, passion is a contagious thing - especially through blogs. Jim's fault.
Speaking of Jim, recently he took some pictures of his neighbourhood and posted them on his blog.
So I thought I’d follow suit and take the brother-in-law’s camera with me next I visit Tübingen centre. Perhaps I could wait outside the Theologicum until a theologian of note appears, then jump them paparazzi style. So, expect some startled/scared Jüngel, Moltmann, Küng pictures in the not too distant future! Seeing as my collection of Küng books now challenges the Uni Library, I’ll try to get one of him and my inanely grinning face as I push my ‘please sign instantly’ books his way.
On second thoughts, I think I’ll skip that. At least the ‘inanely grinning’ bit.
Until then, I decided to actually emerge from my ‘office’ today, and I ventured outside into the garden - and took a couple of pictures of our home. If you’re interested:
This is the view from our backgarden, looking up at the house. The bottom right window is the ‘office’, while everything above belongs to the Oma!
And this is the view into our backgarden. You can’t see it very well, but behind the shed is an apple tree. There are few things in life that can match a lazy summer’s day, lying in the shade of that tree with a pile of books to hand.