Theological April Foolery

Posted on April 1, 2012

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Aside from my own offering, there have been a number of very entertaining April 1st theoblogs today. I’m sure I’ve missed several, and would be glad to hear of them in the comments.

I was not the only one to find discussions about gender in American evangelicalism to be just too inviting a target to be resisted. John Stackhouse’s revelation of the grand plot was not likely to take anyone in, but is beautifully done – Bell & Driscoll in matching T-shirts the crowning touch. Rachel Held Evans offered eleven spoofs for the price of one in a pastiche version of her regular ‘Sunday Superlatives’ feature; not all were on gender debates, but the condemnation of pastel ties as unduly effeminate stood out for me…

International Christian College in Glasgow have clearly taken my recent posts on theological education to heart in their announcement of a supermarket partnership; I am glad to see that this blog is as influential as I had assumed! Sojourners announce with heavy heart that their founder, Jim Wallis, has joined the Tea Party. Bosco Peters offered a shock announcement concerning virtual sacraments, complete with Latin quotations from Augustine and a passing notice that the next Archbishop of Canterbury will be whichever bishop has the most Twitter followers.

Not theological, but our own University Press Office had a delightful announcement of how our exam diet is to engage with our six hundredth anniversary celebrations. They cast the idea that orals would last until examiners were no longer interested in what candidates had to say as a threat of lengthy exams – I can’t help wondering whether the effect might be rather different in at least some cases…

Thank you to all – you brightened my day…

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