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PhD: Don’t Do it!

It is nearly a year old, but the following Chronicle piece should be read by anyone working on or considering a PhD in the Humanities (that would include theology, biblical studies, and the like):

Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go – Advice – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Instead of a PhD consider the dignity and elegance of a hands-on trade.


Beware all who use Google Books

But whether or not the needs of scholars are a priority, the company doesn’t want Google’s book search to become a running scholarly joke.

Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rest in Peace

Ray Anderson and Martin Hengel

Love the eccentric ones

Of the handful of books I am reading right now, Ray Monk’s biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein has me most captivated. It’s actually cutting into my sleep time. But since I only have time to read before bed or while in the bathroom, I’ll just have to sleep less and take more fiber.

Wittgenstein does not sound much like a guy I’d want to hang out with. His difficult nature reminds me a bit of Charles S. Peirce. Indeed, both Wittgenstein and Peirce come to philosophy from mathematics, both forever insisted they could not be understood, both were difficult friends, and both lived rather poorly (Wittgenstein by choice; Peirce by lack of work).

I wonder if there is a biography on Peirce available that is as good as Monk’s on Wittgenstein.

Edited Books

I’ve been exploring the many different websites that can be used to catalog personal libraries. There are several that are book-specific and some that allow you to catalog just about any purchased item. I plan to put together a post with short reviews of several of these sites sometime in the near future.

Recently, in my exploration, I came across boxedup. Nothing particular about it sets it apart from the rest as far as I can tell. But for some reason I started a list of the books I’ve edited since I’ve been at Wipf & Stock (coming up on two years now). If you are interested, you can see the books in the “Things I Edited” list on my boxedup page.

What little writing I can manage

Last month  I submitted a couple of book reviews that should be published in the summer or fall.

•    Review of I Was a Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality, by Arthur Sutherland, Biblical Theology Bulletin 38:3 (August 2008).

•    Review of Scripture as Communication, by Jeannine Brown, Reviews in Theology & Religion 15:4 (September 2008).

Reviews are about as much as I have time to write these days. Twins, a full-time job, and adjunct gigs keep my plate pretty full.  However, I have accepted the invitation to write an introduction to Theological Interpretation for Catalyst. I’ve got less than a month to come up with 2000 words.  My plan is to briefly introduce the recent re-emergence of interest in TI, describe some of the issues in discussions of TI, and introduce some of the major conversants.  The publication is for Methodist seminarians, so I will want to keep that audience in mind.

I had a couple of reviews in Reviews in Theology & Religion last year that I am now free to post on my blog.  I will put them up shortly.

Green vs. Wall/Robinson

Keeping in mind that I am going to be teaching seminarians, the majority of whom will one day be ministers of some sort, I am considering the following two books for my Acts class next year and I wonder if any of you have opinions on them.

Green, Michael. Thirty Years That Changed the World: The Book of Acts for Today. Eerdmans, 2004.

Robinson, Anthony B., and Robert W. Wall. Called to Be Church: The Book of Acts for a New Day. Eerdmans, 2006.