Thursday, July 20, 2006

A huge thanks to Jim West, again!

Once again, a huge thanks to Jim West for sending me his copy of the Evangelische Theologie Zweimonatsschrift (the red book on the left), dedicated to the 70th birthday of Jürgen Moltmann!

There are articles, among others, by Wolfgang Huber, Miroslav Volf, Jürgen’s wife, and a real interesting sounding one: ‘Zum Stichwort “Augenblick”. Eine Theologische und kulturkritische Skizze’, by G M Martin.

Thanks a bunch, Jim! I should start a Jim West Fan Club, and produce badges with his smiling face impressed on them ... (and mine!, while clutching all my Jim-given books!)

The book on the right (Die Sache mit Gott, by Heinz Zahrnt [Piper, München, 1966]) comes with my highest possible recommendations. It is absolutely un-put-downable! For those who want to learn a little more about Barth, Bultmann, Brunner, Tillich etc., and their contributions, this look at protestant theology in the twentieth century (up till the 60s) is written as smoothly as silk, and I’ve learnt a great deal already. It is literally keeping me up at night; I just can’t get enough.

For those of you who don’t read German, then let me recommend this little volume to you to improve your language skills. It is well written (he even pokes fun at Barth’s long sentences!), and the language is manageable for those who may not know too much German. A good book, in other words, to help get you interacting with theological German, without having to jump in at the deep end – and a superb read, all at the same time! Get it! Read it! You won’t regret it!

Oh, and be sure to read Exiled Preacher’s review of Tom Holland’s Contours of Pauline Theology.


At 7/21/2006 12:09 AM, Anonymous Jon said...

I'll join the Jim West Fan Club! (but only when he sends ME a book... he never has even when I was the 170,001 visitor to his blog).

From the photo it appears you need a better digital camera so if you need any advice from a seasonal employee of Asda Photo Centre, just give me a bell

At 7/21/2006 6:26 AM, Anonymous Ben Myers said...

Yes, I'll wear one of those badges too....

At 7/21/2006 9:05 AM, Anonymous Lawrence said...

And for those who have no immediate intention of learning German, I think Die Sache mit Gott was translated into English and published by Collins as The Question of God in 1969.

At 7/21/2006 10:46 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Jon, yes, it is actually my webcam, as we don't have a digi camera.

Hi Ben, I hope you are enjoying your holiday!

Lawrence, many thanks for that, I was under the impression it was only written in German, otherwise I would have linked to an English copy. Cheers.

At 7/21/2006 2:46 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

I looked yesterday and the German edition is still available. That's remarkable- considering most theological books are out of print before you can order them (almost).

As to the fan club thing- I think it a very, very bad idea. First, I can't golf; second, I can't sing; and third, I really am a quite loathesome person filled with contempt and disdain for persons of low mental capacity. In short, I can be something of an elitist. Not exactly the kind of person one would round up a fan club for.

At 7/21/2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Exiled Preacher said...

Thanks for mentioning my review of Contours of Pauline Theology.

At 7/22/2006 12:18 AM, Anonymous Volker said...

Perhaps now is the time to add a digi-cam to your amazon wish-list of the "Chris Tilling Really Very Holy Ministries"! (-:

At 7/22/2006 3:13 AM, Anonymous David Wilkerson said...

Message for Jim:

After performing this further act of supererogation, you have now atoned for all but two anti-homeschool posts. Looking at the ledger I see only five more posts needing atonement (those being the attacks on dilettantes) then I believe St. Peter and I will have you all squared away.

At 7/22/2006 5:24 AM, Anonymous Ben Myers said...

Jim said: "I really am a quite loathesome person filled with contempt and disdain for persons of low mental capacity". This will make a perfect motto for the badge!


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