This is the year of lasts. My last undergrad fall semester. It’s about time.
I’m taking a intro. Biology class for my science requirements but I will not be posting about that class or the text as it is not of interest. I only have a few other classes left to take and my thesis to write. They are:
Topics in Theology – Peace and Justice
This course will bring John Howard Yoder and Wendell Berry into dialogue. Yoder, a Mennonite peace theologian, and Berry, a Baptist scholar-farmer-novelist, both critique establishment Christianity in similar and different ways. For example, Yoder speaks of Constantinianism and Berry of Western culture’s failure to address the place of human beings on earth. They share many concerns like war and security issues and they both have special unique concerns. The course will study writings from both scholars in the watchful presence of the other’s voice.
Readings will be chosen from the following:
From John Howard Yoder:
a. The original Revolution
b. The Politics of Jesus
c. Body Politics
d. The Priestly Kingdom
e. For the Nations
f. The Royal Priesthood
From Wendell Berry:
b. Jabour Crow
c. The Way of Ignorance and other Essays
d. The Gift of Good Land
e. Life is a Miracle
f. Home Economics
g. In the Presence of Fear
h. Blessed are the Peacemakers
i. What are People For
j. Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community
Topics in Theology – God’s People in God’s World: Christian Political Theology
This course will study both primary and secondary sources that illustrate how Christian beliefs have fashioned Christian political ideals and practices in the ancient, medieval, and early modern eras. The course will explore the contribution of theological arguments to Western political thought, and will acquaint students with competing interpretations of key issues in Christian political thought such as the Constantinian question.
O’Donovan and O’Donovan, eds. From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought
Peter Leithart, Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom
Preliminary thesis notes will be coming soon. My work is at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and peace studies. Major figures from each of those disciplines influencing my work are John Howard Yoder, Jacques Derrida, and John Paul Lederach.