I know well, my gentle snowflakes, that it was only a short while ago that I boldly declared Sister Macrina’s A Vow of Conversation to be the finest theological blog I have read, but it seems that this may have been too hasty a judgement. Yes, I have come across a new blog whose sublime constructive theological discourse is simply unparalleled in the whole History of Theology. Of course, I am talking about ΨΕΥΔΟΘΕΟΛΟΓΙΑ, a space dedicated to “especially special speculative theology.” The genius behind this project, which may be described as the quintessential theoblog, is none other than the great Jürgen Hauerwas of Tübingen, North Carolina. The blog was only launched this past Saturday, but already JH (for I’m certain that he, like SK and JHY, is often referenced only by his initials) has provided us with rich intellectual fare: he has discussed the vocation of bloggers as theotokoi, the trinitarian perichoretical dance (which I myself briefly discussed here), and the New Covenant Exit-from-dust. Needless to say, I await JH’s next post with bated breath! As I said in my comment to the inaugural post, his blog is: “Wonderful. Moving. Edifying. Theopneustosed.”
Nearly a month ago, Zondervan’s Koinonia blog featured a link to one of the more distressing things I have witnessed in my time: a video in which college-aged young people praise Wayne Grudem in dance and song. (I refuse to defile this blog by posting here such a depraved spectacle, so you will have to go to the above link for the video and a transcript of the lyrics.) Worse still is that the report of this ignominy went virtually unnoticed in the blogosphere. I imagine that it is precisely this kind of insensitivity to iniquity that will allow the eschatological Antichrist to have a free rein once his time is come. In response to these horrifying developments, I have decided to start a Facebook group for Anti-Grudemites International, a heretofore semi-secret organization that I felt compelled to establish c. 1996 upon encountering Grudem’s work. Note that while membership previously required a blood-oath, now it only requires a Facebook account. (Over the years, a number of people have commented that they would feel more inclined to join a group rather less passionate about the cause it champions, such as the PLO or the IRA; hopefully this change will help broaden our membership base.) If, in common with AGI, you “strenuously oppose the twin errors of Grudemite ‘theology’ and ‘translation theory’ as well as the pernicious Grudem personality cult regrettably prevalent in some quarters,” and if you’re likewise revolted in your innermost being by the baleful effects of Grudemism evidenced above, I encourage you to join AGI today.