Scribblings in Transition

A series of transcontinental transitions will temporarily affect the frequency of posts in the coming weeks.
Next week, blogger-at-large Matthew Tan will be presenting at the 2013 Conference of the Centre of Theology & Philosophy at Oxford University. The paper is entitled “Runaway Soul: The Postmodern City and Theologies of Escape” and builds upon a post on the Divine Wedgie entitled “A Theology of Running Away“.
The paper correlates Graham Ward’s work on the postmodern city in his Cities of God with a a deeper analysis of themes of running away in songs such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, Tracey Chapman’s “Fast Car”, Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name”. As the post and podcast have argued, Christian theology should pay attention to the themes of running away in the postmodern city because they stem from a good, divinely ordained impulse. This must however be qualified by a critical observation that escape in the postmodern city is but a parody of the Christian mode of running away.
In the 2013/14 academic year, Tan will subsequently take up a new post as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Catholic Studies department as well as the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at de Paul University in Chicago. The Professorship gives him the opportunity to both teach and conduct research under internationally acclaimed scholars such as Michael Budde and William Cavanaugh. The hope is for him to return to Sydney and his post at Campion College once his duties in de Paul are fulfilled.
Whilst delays in updating posts are anticipated, expect normal posting to resume very soon.



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