Posts Tagged ‘academy’

Playing Don Quixote: Church and Academy

Monday, August 2nd, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

Don Quixote is probably best known for his fight against windmills, which he mistakes for giant adversaries in a relentless pursuit of chivalry. The monsters are figments of his imagination, but the windmills are real. Don Quixote is really fighting. In his real fight with what seems to be nothing but his own imagination, there is no winner. It is similar with theology in the church and the academy. In our relentless pursuit of God we mistake each other as the giant adversaries that step in our way. Read the rest of this entry »

Public Christians?!

Monday, July 19th, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

If asked whether you viewed yourself as a public or a private person, many Christians would probably prefer the latter designation–if they thought they understood the question. Christianity, as a religion, may be seen as a public entity, but the same does not count for Christians. To use the metaphor used by the apostle Paul, we are all members of the body of Christ–and most of us prefer not to be in the public eye. My concern is not so much that we privatize our faith, although this is a significant issue.  Rather, the issue is more fundamentally a failure among Christians to understand themselves as public in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »