A self-given birthday present

Well, it’s not exactly a self-given present, as it comes from Justin Taylor’s blog, Theologica. I’m happy to read a wonderful interview with Kevin Vanhoozer of…Wheaton (yes, it’s now official).

The subjects Vanhoozer touches on in the interview will be familiar to most of his readers: his concern for theological interpretation of the Bible; fitting, biblically rooted and theologically informed cultural engagement, „healing” the biblical studies – dogmatics divide, still very much prevalent in the academia, nurturing our imaginations (which, argues Vanhoozer, evangelicals, by and large, lack).

He also talks about two of his forthcoming books (2010): Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship, to be published by Cambridge University Press in their Studies in Christian Doctrine series.  „It is a sustained reflection on the claim that God speaks to us and that we speak to God. I develop a communicative or dialogical theism that develops its understanding of the God-world relationship largely out of the biblical depictions of human-divine conversation..” Looking forward to that!

His second book, Pictures at a Biblical Exhibition: Theological Scenes of the Church’s Worship, Witness, and Wisdom, will be published by InterVarsity Press (notice the clever intertextual reference to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition) is „a collection of essays that attempts to make what I’ve been working on over the past few years a bit more accessible–hence „scenes” rather than the big picture. I argue that we need to recover a biblically rooted, theologically formed imagination for the sake of the church’s worship, witness, and wisdom. If a picture has indeed held the evangelical church captive, then this book could be seen as an exercise in liberation theology!

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