Reading

That's not Paul! It's Dumbledore!N.T. Wright’s latest book is now available for UK readers. My copy should be arriving in the next few days. Lord-willing, I will be able to give a brief review of it shortly afterwards. I do wonder if he’s going to say anything really new though. I have a feeling that it will be relatively familiar material, although the manner of expressing it might be more honed and certain of the common challenges to his theology might be addressed more directly.

I See Satan Fall Like LightningAt the moment I am finishing Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, which is superb, albeit a little repetitive on occasions. I had already read The Girard Reader and The Scapegoat, but I See Satan Fall is probably the most accessible of Girard’s works that I have read to date. At the moment I am also in the middle of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Stanley Hauerwas’ Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America (I might post some provocative quotes sometime soon!).

After I have finished The Brothers Karamazov, I might try to get my hands on a copy of Girard’s Deceit, Desire & the Novel. I also have Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum on my shelf to read some time soon. I also started reading David Bentley Hart’s The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? a week or so back, and I need to get around to finishing it. Owen Barfield’s Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry should also be arriving in the next couple of days. This will be my first firsthand encounter with his thought.

I have a number of interesting books that I have been reading or dipping into for my various courses. I won’t list them all here, but I have enjoyed some of the articles in The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine, for example. The last week or so has been quite busy. I have had to prepare four presentations. I decided that I would get them all out of the way as soon as possible, so that I could settle down into a more relaxed routine from then on. My last presentation is on Thursday. Hopefully, after that I will be able to do some more intense reading.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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2 Responses to Reading

  1. Paul Baxter says:

    Foucault’s Pendulum was probably my favorite novel I reasd while in college. I keep meaning to get back to it again. Maybe it’s just because when I was younger I fancied the idea of secret knowledge.

  2. Scott says:

    Back before they shut it down, antithesis.com was running a chapter from the Fresh Perspectives book about Paul’s Gospel and Caesar’s empire. It was great and all except it felt both a little dumbed down and generic, like I was hearing the same Wright-isms about “justification is inclusion!” and “Kyrios is like Caesar.” True and helpful and all that, but I think I’ve already heard him say that in 10 other places. I guess in terms of centuries it’s fresh information, but judging from just that chapter (which honestly isn’t substantial enough to judge the whole book) he may just be rehashing and refining of quasi-new ideas.

    Let me know how it is though. Maybe I got a bad sample.

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