Contributions in Ecumenical Theology
On my old blog, Levellers, I sometimes participated in group projects led by other theology bloggers. These proved to be some of the most popular posts with my readers, so I want visitors to Pilgrim Pathways to be able to find them, now that Levellers is d.o.a.
Encounters with Tradition Ben Myers, Australian theologian who runs Faith and Theology, probably the best theological site in the blogosphere, ran a 7-part series called “Encounters with Tradition” showing how different theologians wrestled with their own theological/ecclesial traditions and also learned the “grammar” of at least one other tradition as a “second first language.” My own contribution to the series is # 5 and called “Becoming a Global Baptist.” The entire series is found here. Scroll down to the bottom and start with the introduction. Enjoy: The other entries make up for mine. The comments to each entry are closed, but many of them are worth reading, as well.
The second series in which I participated ecumenically in the blogosphere was called “My Peace I Leave Unto You.” This was a series of posts on Christian pacifism. Each participant described their own conversion to Christian pacifism and how that fit with their particular theological tradition. My contribution was called, “Gospel Nonviolence: An Anabaptist-Baptist Approach.” Other contributions included a British Reformed pacifism, pacifism within the Restorationis/Stone-Campbell movement, a U.S. non-denominational Evangelical pacifism, a Free Church pacifism, and the pacifism of a convert to Orthodoxy. In my view, it was sad that we never had a contribution from any of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Quakers/Friends, Brethren), or from Catholicism (Catholic pacifism comes in several flavors: Benedictine pacifism, Franciscan pacifism, Jesuit militant nonviolence, Merton/Trappist pacifism, Dorothy Day/Catholic Worker pacifism, to name the most obvious forms), the Holiness and Pentecostal traditions, nor a pacifist perspective from someone lifelong in the Orthodox tradition. Nor did the series contain any contributions by women, non-whites, or inhabitants of the Global South. Still, even within its limits, it was a good series. An index to all entries is found here. This was all done at Inhabitatio Dei, the great theological blog of Halden Doege. Readers are invited to check all these things out for themselves.
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