All tagged Understanding

Looking to the Other

This week at New College, there was a conference. It was the inaugural conference for 'The Christian-Muslim Studies Network'. The topic was Reframing Christian-Muslim Encounters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives. I didn't go to a lot of the conference. In fact, I only went to two sessions. In one, a friend of mine delivered a paper, and I wanted to hear it. Another was the English book release of conversations between a Christian scholar and Islamic scholar who live and work in Lebanon.

Reading Hard Texts

So I am reading Hegel these days. It's dense. I am also reading about Hegel. That is not quite as dense, but it's still dense. The research that I am doing has lead me down a path that requires a lot of time in Hegel. When I realized that this was going to be a huge part of my project, I laughed and said, 'I thought I could make it my entire academic career without seriously engaging with Hegel.' It turns out I can't. The more intimidating part of this is whenever I talk to a fellow PhD student about this, their response is 'Good luck.'

How Far Can We Go?

I have been thinking a lot recently about how far our theology can take us. That is to say, how much can we truly say that we know. Two big reasons for this are the two classes that I am currently auditing and conversations I am having with friends. Through it all, I have grown more and more attached to what I wrote last week at the end of the blog: "Christianity is faith seeking understanding."