As we sit on the threshold of another new year, it is time to look back on the year that was 2014, a year that saw a intercontinental move from America back to Australia, and a slew of deaths of important theological voices, including that of that great voice of the liberal arts, Stratford Caldecott.
We also look back on the year that was at the Divine Wedgie and have included below three posts that received the largest number of hits. These include
- Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology: The new take on the theological journal from the good folk in theological publishing has gotten off to a very good start, and also topped the list of most read posts on this blog for 2014. Syndicate acts as an online deposit of highly sophisticated responses from established and emerging voices from the theological world on specific books and events, covering topics as diverse as the redemption of the theology of Karl Barth, the care for the dying, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and the Occupy Movement. This promises to be a highly important vehicle for the furthering of theological voices at a time when they are simultaneously proving to be highly crucial in understanding important past and present events in theory, yet in practice are shunted to the sidelines or silenced altogether. A list of recent symposia can be found by clicking here.
- Feedback on “Justice, Unity & the Hidden Christ”: 2014 seems to be a year for the reviews and references, with the honours for second most read post going to the feedback given for the book Justice, Unity and the Hidden Christ: The Theopolitical Complex of the Social Justice Approach to Ecumenism in Vatican II. At the time of writing that post, favourable feedback had been received on social media, as well as on sites such as Ethika Politika and the blogs of the Papal Nunciature to Ukraine and the Catholic League in England. Since that post, the journal Radical Orthodoxy has furnished an extensive review essay, written by Conor Sweeney.
- Graphics and Augustine: The Lust to be Dominated: This post on the backfiring of Ann Coulter’s exploitation of the #bringbackourgirls online campaign, reflected on the way in which our exploitation of graphics for self-expression can so easily morph into an inversion of what Augustine called “the lust for domination”. Rather than seeking of impose our will, Augustine warns of the time when we become unaware that in our lust to dominate, we will become the dominated. In the case of graphics, this is demonstrated most concretely in the slippage of turning an image for one thing into the image for another by external parties.
We look forward to your readership in the 2015. A blessed New Year to all.