What Series Should I Tackle?
Okay, Gentle Readers, here’s your chance to influence the direction of this blog in the near future. I am considering several different options for a series of posts. I can’t do them all with the time I have available. I might do more than one if there seems to be interest. Even anonymous people get to vote, though I take people who sign their names more seriously. So you get to help me decide which would be more helpful:
- Creation, Evolution, and “Intelligent Design” I’d explain the theological doctrine of creation and why it is perfectly compatible with evolutionary biology and geology. I’d explain what makes a theory scientific and why “Intelligent Design” is not a scientific theory and, therefore, should not be taught in science classrooms–although it would be perfectly fine as an alternative in a comparative religions course or a philosophy course.
- Ethics and Theology Taking back up my brief series on Theology as a Craft, this would explain the relationship of Christian ethics and theology.
- Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry. My 2 posts on baptism, stemming from reflections on my oldest daughter, Molly’s recent baptism, have led to a controversy on another blog, with believers’ baptism being challenged both by a priest in the Independent Catholic movement (as a form of heretical “rebaptism”), and by a former Quaker. Following the lead of Disciples’ blogger, Bob Cornwall, I thought I might take the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order document Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry and exposit and critique each section from a Believers’ Church perspective, beginning with baptism. It’s not meant to be Anti-BEM per se, however, as the document is a fine piece of ecumenical theology–striving for consensus. I will state my affirmations wherever I can and my reservations only where I must. When I first read it, I was surprised to find that I had more objections in the “ministry” section than the other two put together–stemming from my strong belief in the priesthood of all believers.
- Ecological Virtues: What skills, habits, and practices should characterize individuals, congregations, and societies in an age of ecological crises?
- Champions of Nonviolence: Profiling heroes/heroines of nonviolent struggles from different cultures, contexts, and eras.
- Exploring the Baptist Vision: In 2009 the Baptist movement of which I am a part (a section of the larger “small b” “baptist” or Believers’ Church or Free Church movement) turns 400 if we date things to the transformation of John Smyth’s exiled congregation in Amsterdam from a Separatist to a Baptist congregation in 1609. (Since Smyth and most of this congregation soon merged with the Waterlander Mennonites, some would postpone the birth of Baptists per se to 1611, when Smyth’s protoge, Thomas Helwys, took a few that refused to merge with the Mennonites and founded the first Baptist congregation on English soil at Spitalfields, outside London.) This series would explore what has been most distinctive about Baptists over the centuries and ask what, in a post-modern, ecumenical, (post-denominational?) age is still worth preserving and what needs abandoning or modification or re-thinking.
- Christians and Education: Exploring contributions and controversies. Especially would focus on the role of churches in the founding of universities.
Or you can suggest another topic, but if you feel strongly about it and I don’t–then get your own blog. 🙂 Any series will doubtless be interrupted by comments on events large and small or what pleases or irritates me on any given day.
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