A Call for Resources and the Dreaded Senior Sem Paper

We’re nearly to midterm here. Thus begins the senior sem paper writing extravaganza. For the next two months, I will be a slave to Greek translation, the seminary library, and my thoughts.

I’ve finally decided on a topic (hurrah!) that I am certain my professor and most of my classmates will hate (…hurrah? Yes. HURRAH!). It all started at 2 a.m. on Saturday (…Friday? I’m never sure how those wee hours of the morning work), while I was cutting out quilt fabric and listening to this. Because that’s what I do on Friday nights, apparently.

Side note: I’m super cool.

Anyway. The title popped into my head: “The God I don’t believe in.” What I mean by that is that the perception of Christianity, and God, by the non-Christian world is that of a very traditional, conservative belief system (thanks again, TNT, for this, which spawned my thoughts). I’ve been faced with this a great deal throughout my senior sem class (as you all know) and just realized that I could write my paper on that. My plan, then, is to look at the way both traditional and conservative Christianity look at theology (especially Romans, since that’s the focus of our class), and critique it from my very non-traditional, non-conservative position. I will also be engaging with critiques of Christianity by atheists and followers of other faith traditions.

Why am I posting all this junk on here, you ask? Because I need your help! There are precious few resources from perspectives similar to mine available at my school’s library, and branching out beyond there is a bit of a nightmare as there are SO MANY BOOKS to contemplate. So I’m asking for recommendations of your favorite resources on these topics: liberal Christianity, progressive Christianity, the emergent church, critiques of Christianity by non-Christians, non-Calvinist/non-awful commentaries on Romans (I’m already using the NIB version) or just books on Romans in general, and/or anything else that you think might be helpful. These can be books, articles, blog posts, interviews, podcasts, anything really. They can even be written by you. Send me anything and everything you’ve got.

I’ll try to make my final paper publicly available for anyone who is interested in seeing the final result of all of this.

Thanks for all your help, friends!


6 thoughts on “A Call for Resources and the Dreaded Senior Sem Paper

  1. First, you should probably tackle “Rereading Romans” by Stowers (link: http://www.amazon.com/Rereading-Romans-Justice-Jews-Gentiles/dp/0300070683/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331566998&sr=8-1)

    Then I’d look seriously at “A Peculiar People” by Rodney Clapp (link:http://www.amazon.com/Peculiar-People-Culture-Post-Christian-Society/dp/0830819908/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331567102&sr=1-1)

    And “Beyond Foundationalism” by Grenz and Franke (link: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Foundationalism-Shaping-Theology-Postmodern/dp/0664257690/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331567131&sr=1-1)

    N. T. Wright’s “Justification” is wonderful, especially pitted against Piper’s attack on him, “The Future of Justification” (Wright: http://www.amazon.com/Justification-Gods-Plan-Pauls-Vision/dp/0830838635/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331567202&sr=1-1
    and Piper: http://www.amazon.com/The-Future-Justification-Response-Wright/dp/1581349645/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331567202&sr=1-2)

    I’ll ask some friends for recommendations.

    I’ll be anxious to see a copy of this. Let me know if you need readers.

  2. Lots of possible resources to recommend. I’ll start with Stower’s A Rereading of Romans: Justice, Jews, and Gentiles. Stowers is an expert in Greco-Roman letters and the schools of rhetoric in play at the time of Paul’s writing. He attempts to give a reading of Romans that makes sense in the literary world of Paul and the early Christians in Rome. He wants to free us from the largely psychological reading of Romans that began with Augustine and has dominated protestant and reformationist thought.

  3. Yes, read Stowers. And everything else on JR.’s list, especially Grenz.

    If you have more time, though, check out the following:

    Peter Rollins: _How (Not) to Speak of God_

    Phil Snider, editor: _The Hyphenateds_

    Stanley J. Grenz: _A Primer on Postmodernism_

    John Caputo: _What Would Jesus Deconstruct?_

    John Caputo: _Deconstruction in a Nutshell_

    Mark Noll: _The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind_

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