“Since the Bible is about “our” life, however limited,
we can read the Bible for human transformation. The issue is, of course, what kind of
transformation is ideal and good for us to pursue. That is why we need a Journal like this,
Journal of Bible and Human Transformation. It is my hope that the Bible becomes a “living”
document for those who read it “transformatively” – in the manner that everything in the text and the world is tested so that we may know what is good and acceptable to God, our neighbors, and
to us. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so
that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom
12:2).”– Yung Suk Kim
So I have been reveling in my hiatus from the religious academy, taking a break, planning to study for the GRE to apply for PhD programs in theology in December.
But mysteriously on an e-mail account I rarely check, I received an invitation to contribute to an international journal in theology, Testamentum Imperium. I was both honored and surprised to see the invitation, which I accepted. The topic:
“1. The necessity of “hope” as it pertains to mankind in the midst of suffering (Continental Philosophy) and the implications of our Hope being an omnipotent God who promises to be with us always ”
I see it as an opportunity to cross theological and philosophical boundaries, and engage in dialogue with scholars from varying confessional sensibilities. I also appreciate the fact that the invitation was for me to contribute in continental philosophy and Christian theology, rather than just patristic or postcolonial thought. I think this is part of the work of being a Christian scholar, interacting in many conversations, bridging the gap between the church and the academy.
My vacation from the Ivory Tower is far from over. I have a little while to submit the article. 🙂
There were some comments on my post a while back about the Racial Recon carnival about sources for books dealing with theology and racial justice and reconciliation. I have mentioned articles from the new Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, and the editorial board has recommended about fifty books for these issues. I may have read less than half than the recommendations, and own about 16.