Friday, October 06, 2006

Your advice

My birthday is approaching and I hoping (pleading, snivelling, beseeching, sulking) to get a nice fat book from my dear wife. However, I’m stuck between a few choices, so if any of you theological whizzes would particularly recommend or oppose any of the following, do let me know:

  1. It was mentioned on Ben’s blog recently, it’s the totally not barking up my usual theological alley but looks like a storming read anyway: The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003). I have my copy from the library, of course, but I liked what I’ve read of it up till now so much that I want, no, need my own.

  2. This is a book I should have purchased a long time ago. I want it, but it’s horribly expensive. But I want it want it want it: Gott als Geheimnis der Welt by the great Eberhard Jüngel.

  3. A book I’ve never read but so want to is Trinity and the Kingdom of God: The Doctrine of God by Jürgen Moltmann. I’d kill a kitten with a garlic crusher to have this one.

  4. A big favourite is Systematic Theology: Works of God Vol 2 by Robert W. Jenson. This is a book that every theologian ought to have, and besides, I need to complete the set.

  5. Recently shooting to number one is Moltmann’s new ‘Lebensgeschichte’, Weiter Raum. However, I’ve got a plan to sneak this one for free. If it weren’t for that sly ol’ plan (which shall remain a secret for now), I’d bag this one in a shot.

  6. One last one: The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbott.

Which one to request? The decision is killing me …

Hence, your objections or recommendations are most appreciated. Of course, feel free to record any other urgent proposals; it’s just that I may already own them.


At 10/06/2006 11:55 PM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

I'd go with the Robert Jenson vol. 2 - that set is the best Systematic theological work I have purchased in the last 15 years!

At 10/07/2006 2:38 AM, Anonymous dan said...

I've read the Trinith and the Kingom multiple times. In fact, it was the first Moltmann book I read. I was a fresh-faced college kid and it opened me up to another world. Email me your address and I will send you a copy for your birthday.

Grace and peace.

At 10/07/2006 5:48 AM, Anonymous Ben Myers said...

I reckon it's got to be 1, 2 or 4 (especially now that Dan has taken care of #3!).

If it was me, I'd probably go for Robert Jenson's second volume, for two reasons: (a) Jenson is the best thing since sliced bread; and (b) there's nothing worse than having an incomplete set in your library!

At 10/07/2006 6:31 AM, Anonymous One of Freedom said...

My vote was for Molty, but I am relieved that no garlic crushers were harmed in your efforts to obtain it!

At 10/07/2006 6:56 AM, Anonymous Brian said...

the one you want the most, that is the one you should request.

At 10/07/2006 6:57 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

And thank you all for your opinions, and the link, Brian.

At 10/07/2006 6:57 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Wow, Dan, THANKS!

At 10/07/2006 9:40 PM, Anonymous Gordon Brown said...

Hi Chris,

For my birthday, I'd like you to give us your promised review of Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, and the questions to Richard Bauckham. I see the publication date has been put back.

At 10/07/2006 9:49 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Gordon, funny you should mention that. I received an e-mail from Richard today as I too was a bit put-off by the push till November. So I asked him if he wanted to do it earlier, and he is happy to go ahead with the interview sooner (I was going to wait till it was published). So I guess I'd like to do the interview sometim this month. Alas, I can't really publish my review of the book till the book is published.


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