Like last year, I moved from one completely different world to another, in a matter of a few days. From the desperation of the streets of Ethiopia, where I was earlier in November, I spent the last few days in the meeting rooms of the Marriott Marquis, a luxury hotel in San Francisco, participating in theological meetings. But as I experience each year, these meetings have there own desperation—for some relevance.
There are some bright thinkers in this society for sure, and I am encouraged to see careful scholarship done in areas from Philosophy to Theology, from Hebrew to Greek studies. Still, I read through the program handbook, and I find it challenging to choose papers that I believe speak to the average congregant in the pew. But then, most are not written to them (but who some of these papers are written to remains a mystery to me). So here, as is my annual practice, are those papers receiving the “The Top Ten Most Irrelevant Awards”*, those papers that seem, at least on the surface of the title, to be neither here nor there.
1-Implications of the Toledoths Regarding ANE Influence on Genesis
2-Jesus ‘Minus Triplex’ Reexamined: A Proposal for ‘Munus Monoplex’ or the One Unified Role of Jesus
3-Solving the Euthyphro Dilemma and Defending Theistic Ethics
4-‘Dionysus will soon enough be the judge of our claims to wisdom!’: Nietzsche as the Sublime Muse of Moral Decision-Making
5-Why are (Some) Platonists so Insouciant?
6-Epistematic Euccatastrophy: The Favorable Turn of the Evidence”
7-On the Impossibility of Omnimalevolence: Plantinga on Tooley’s New Evidential Argument from Evil
8-The Dignity of Damnation
9-Discourse Type, Slot Machines, and the Hebrew Bible
10-A Farewell to Arms: The Rhetoric of Arms and the Death of Goliath
From the Beach Boys to Surfer’s Chapel: A Theology of California Surf Culture
Athletic Imagery in John? ‘Just Do It’ with Nike and Stephanos
The great news is that these, and nearly all 500 others are available for purchase, including my somewhat relevant paper, “What Corporate, Political, and Pastoral Leadership Can Learn from One Another” (a paper I am sure someone has identified on another post as lacking the intellectual muscle to be considered for a theological society meeting). You can also find it under articles written on my blog site. Until next year…
*I am not making any of these up