Good Historians Shoot Raw

So I just realized — the debate in the world of digital photography of raw vs. jpg for file format is the same debate that we have in ecclesiastical history and historical theology. Raw files are not necessarily image files. They are more like data files that contain information not always immediately visible in the…

The Baptist History Rap Redux

Andrew, one of my students in Baptist History and Theology, recorded this take on the Baptist History Rap for extra credit. The original was recorded by Ashley Unzicker who gave permission for me to offer this as extra credit in my classes and now a student has finally taken me up on the offer.

Weekly Webliography: March 1-6

I am reviving the weekly webliography in which I summarize in a single post the “dogeared items from the web” listed in the sidebar. Dogeared from the web, March 1-6, 2009: Obama Questions Constitutionality of Copyright Fines. Okay, so this isn’t about copyright and libraries but I am very glad to see the Executive beginning…

Dogeared Pages from the Web: A Weekly Webliography

Pages that I have encountered throughout the week which relate to libraries, technology, theology, and anything else I found interesting: Library Use of E-books, 2008-09 Edition via the Distant Librarian. Data in this report is based on a survey of 75 academic, public and special libraries. Librarians detail their plans on how they plan to…

Christian Discernment and Freakonomics: Seeing Through the Dazzle

I am often amused at the juxtaposition of books that come across my desk. Today I point out two new acquisitions to our library which make for a rather unlikely pairing. If, however, the former is correct, then the latter is all that much more important. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of…

Grab a Bucket! Re-think the Sign?

It’s time to grab a bucket and start bailing. I think it was D. L . Moody who famously quipped that the Church is like boat: in order for a boat to be what it was created to be, it must be in water. But if too much of the water gets in the boat…

Commonplacing: The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea

Stephen M. Hildebrand, The Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea: A Synthesis of Greek Thought and Biblical Truth (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2007) is, despite its rather impressive title, a readable, understandable, and helpful evaluation of the most prescient points of Basil’s theological contributions. Hildebrand’s discussion of Basil’s thought as evidenced by…

Commonplacing: New Books

As promised, here are the other two books I mentioned on Friday. The first is The Other Calling: Theology, Intellectual Vocation and Truth (Malden, MA / Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007) by Andrew Shanks, the Canon Theologian for Manchester Cathedral. Shanks identifies the true calling of an intellectual as a form of priesthood — Melchizedek priesthood,…

Commonplacing: New Books

Two carts of new books rolled by this afternoon, out of which I have four to highlight. I shall give you two today and two more on Monday (I can’t be late for dinner tonight!). I first heard Gordon McConville lecture during my M.Div. days when he came to my seminary to visit one of…

Commonplacing: New Books

One of the best parts about my job as a theology librarian is perusing new acquisitions before they reach the stacks. These four books piqued my interest as they crossed my desk this morning: Scot McKendrick, In a Monastery Library: Preserving Codex Sinaiticus and the Greek Written Heritage. Distributed for the British Library. 48 p.,…

commonplacing: uniform spoons and the history of art

Some new books of interest in our library: From two volume set, The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization (Greenwood Press), under the entry “uniforms”: “Outside Europe, uniform military dress was more common in this period. Boys inducted into the Janissary Corps, for instance, dressed in all red,…

commonplacing

Sorry for the lapse in posting. I’ve been redesigning my other site, and with the holidays and all… I have unusual books to highlight – all of which are new acquisitions in our library and are intended to help improve our weak art history holdings. Why does a theological library want to acquire works on…