From the often strange world that is the Bible and popular culture: Saintly statues get superheroic makeovers.
Spent Thursday and Friday down in Wellington at the Salvation Army’s Booth College of Mission for the annual New Zealand Association of Theological Schools meeting. This year the meeting looked at where theological education is in NZ at the moment and where it might be in 15 years times. Some very interesting discussion, including some data presented by Kevin Ward about the changing shape of the New Zealand church scene. Missed the Christchurch people because of snow affecting flights.
Related to our discussion are the posts from last week by Anglican bishop Kelvin Wright on the challenges facing the Diocese of Dunedin (see below). I’ve been following his blog – Available Light – since it started. Some good things there.
I’d love to do something with game-based learning in some of my courses, but I’m not sure where to start. However, Derek Wenmoth’s posted a few things over the past 6 months or so that might give me some insights.
Just because it’s a hugely under-researched area. (Though I’m trying to do my bit )
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Off in a few hours to speak at the Student Soul camp in Dunedin on things apocalyptic. Should be fun.
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The podcast of Stephen May’s TANSA talk “Modernism and posthumanity in science fiction: the case of Iain M. Banks” from last Friday is now available at http://archive.org/details/NotPostmodernismButPosthumanityIainM.BanksScienceFictionAnd.
Special TANSA meeting on Friday April 13th
Modernism and posthumanity in science fiction: the case of Iain M. Banks
Speaker is Dr. Stephen May, formerly of St Johns College, back from the UK
Laidlaw College, at 7pm
Please RSVP to Nicola Hoggard Creegan (NicolaHC [at] laidlaw [dot] ac [dot] nz) if you are coming for pizza at 6.15pm.
Pizza $5 Gold Coin for Lecture
BIO: Rev. Dr. Stephen May is an English Anglican priest and former lecturer in systematic theology at St. John’s College, Auckland (1988-2001). He is currently in New Zealand as a guest lecturer at Bishopdale Theological College, Nelson. He is author of ‘Stardust and Ashes: Science Fiction in Christian Perspective’ (SPCK, 1998). He is married with two children, and enjoys cricket, reading and beaches.
As a visual person I’m always on the lookout for graphical or visual ways that theological ideas can be portrayed. Tim Challies‘ Visual Theology series is one example of that, showing how one theological perspective (Reformed) might be displayed in the medium of infographics. The Trinity example would have been helpful a week or two back in class.
Any other examples out there? I’m looking for some eschatological diagrams (I have made my own, but would like to see what others have done).
Being in the middle of our PBRF (Performance-based Research Funding) exercise, it was interesting to read AKMA’s thoughts on the similar regime in the UK. See Akma » REF Justice.
Some sage advice for graduate students (and those preparing them) on moving into the academic profession.