I have decided given the recent circumstances the past six months or so, that it is in my best interest to take at least a year off from the Academy, i.e., no PhD applications or what not. Along the way, I have learned a few things about myself.
1. I have once again become a fan of Science fiction, both novels and television, thanks in large part to the now defunct series, Caprica. I honestly had once lost my faith in Science fiction genre, starting all the way back to Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek Voyager. But now, I find myself trying to catch up with Battle Star Galactica (starting from the late 1970s) as well as the Green Lantern story with the help of Optimistic Chad.
2. I have discovered that, at this time, I am becoming less and less generous with thinkers that I disagree with. Thus, my multiple posts criticizing John Milbank (even though I was civil) as well as my comments concerning the Father of Super-Orthodoxy Karl Barth elsewhere in the theoblogosphere as well as on Twitter a few times this week.
3. Lastly, I think to find where I am theologically and politically, I see myself as “sipping the Kool-Aid” of post-colonial theory which some Super-Orthodox Christians consider to be poisonous. It’s definitely a time to discover who I do not agree with, who I am not, and why. Sadly, I have fallen behind on my reading of the Church Fathers and Mothers, but that can wait as I try to read up more on Science Fiction and Black literary works. A working theological paradigm I see being constructed is a more Wesleyan/Arminian/Free Will, liberationist Christian worldview with sympathies to the Holiness and Baptist Free church traditions, with a non-violent, anti-imperial and libertarian politics. I see this not only as some of the ideas that I adhere to, but also an appropriate counter-narratival response to what I see in theological studies which is currently the dominion of so-called “high-Church,” communitarians, Anabaptists and Calvinists who focus on hegemony, I mean uh, unity and the sacrament of the Eucharist as the answer to all social problems. I realize that as both an African-American as well as principled libertarian, I remain on the margins of the academy (both liberal/mainline and conservative/evangelical).
And I would have it no other way.
- Why A Sabbatical Is Right For You (forbes.com)
- Republican Plan Targets Sabbaticals For Iowa Professors (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sour on Syfy, Caprica Fans Launch Apple Uprising (wired.com)