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Discussing Bonhoeffer’s Ethics

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

A few friends and I just launched a new discussion group tonight. We’ll be meeting every other week, over delicious home-brew, to read/discuss our way through various important works of theology. We decided to start with Bonhoeffer’s Ethics as it was the only work written by a Christian theologian on death row, and which explicitly grapples with the question “is it ethically justifiable to kill Hitler?” that we could think of. Even though Hitler’s dead, we wanna know the answer. Plus, Bonhoeffer is the name of the ale Peter has aging in the basement of the Abbey right now, so we thought it fitting.

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New Crap ‘N’ Stuff

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

I wish that I had the ability to churn out remotely interesting entries with half a sense of purpose, and at some level of frequency. But alas, there seems to be too much grabassery on my to-do list ever to get around to anything approaching productivity. School is the number one form of grabassery right now, taking the number one spot on my list of obstructions from meaningful activity.

Nevertheless, there are some cool things happening outside my existence:

  1. Continuum Press, The publishers of a lovely “Reader’s Guides” series, dedicated (so far) to Philosophy and Literature, is working on a series of reader’s guides dedicated to works of theology. They currently have three: Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, Schleiermacher’s Speeches on Religion, and Balthasar’s Trilogy. Forthcoming titles include: Barth’s Commentary on Romans, Bonhoeffer’s Ethics, and Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments.
  2. Also, Continuum Press’s “Philosophy and Theology” series is continuously adding new volumes. I have to get my hands on Murray Rae’s “Kierkegaard and Theology.
  3. Joel and Ethan Coen are set to release their remake of the John Wayne classic True Grit, and it looks badass!!!
  4. Sufjan Stevens has released a new album: The Age of Adz. It’s quite interesting! Pitchfork’s got a review here.
  5. I know these videos have been out for a while now, but I’d thought I’d circulate them here: Interview with David Bentley Hart.
  6. Tried a new El Salvadorian coffee from Counter Culture today. It’s rare that I get to try their stuff, but I’d say they’re number three in the nation as far as coffee goes. Paper Tiger’s Nyeri Tegu is still an awesome S.O. espresso! Come check it out.
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