Backporch theology – round two

A couple of weeks ago, those of us in the Portland area spent a very pleasant evening discussing James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World. Pat was nice enough to host us and lead us through a discussion on the book. At the end of the evening, we decided that we enjoyed it enough to do it again.

Two books were suggested for the next discussion. Someone had the audacity to suggest that we discuss a book that has something to do with the Bible (silly thought). And, John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate was proposed. James McGrath has some comments on the book along with links to other people who have blogged on it (the Jesus Creed series is particularly helpful). And, BioLogo has a post that Walton wrote in response to one review along with a video interview.

The other book that was suggested was N.T. Wright’s After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters. Like everything he writes, this book has generated a lot of interest. You can check out Brian’s review, along with reviews by Scot McKnight and Michael Horton.

Either one of these would be quite interesting. So, here’s the question. If you think you might be able to attend an evening of quality biblical/theological interaction at Pat’s house some evening in July, which of these two books would you rather discuss? Or, is there another significant tome that you would like to recommend for consideration?

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on June 3, 2010, in Th.M. Program. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I think I’d prefer Walton since I am very interested in his thesis and I have not read the book yet. I would like Wright as well because I thought the book was great and I have already read it so I could just show up to the discussion (again, but informed this time).

  2. I agree with the above Walton suggestions. I would be very interested to read this book and discuss with fellow ThM students!

  3. Walton would be fine with me. I need a break from Wright!

  4. Billy, you need more Wright to challenge your overly Reformed, Luther influenced paradigm. 🙂

    • Look at you talkin’ theology smack. Billy will probably come back and say something about your mother.

  5. The Walton’s? Nothin’ better than being on the back porch with Jon boy (possibly dating myself here).

  6. What is Andy talking about…?

    • I think it has something to do with Bill and Luke Walton. Not real sure what that has to do with theology, but maybe he’s watching the Celtics-Lakers game.

  7. Is there a Jon Walton?

  8. Brian……your mom!!!! I prefer to call my theology biblical.

  9. What does my mom have to do with you scribbling “biblical” over “Lutheran”?! 🙂

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