Monday, January 4, 2010

So it begins . . .

The line is from The Return of the King (Gandalf on the walls of Minas Tirith, for anyone who does not readily recognize quotes from the greatest work of fiction in the 20th century).

In my predictions (the ink on which is scarcely dry - or whatever the digital equivalent of that old saying is), I predicted that in 2010 Evangelicals (among others) would begin the process of receiving the John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Four days into 2010, BIOLA graduate Matthew Lee Anderson announces on his blog Mere Christianity that he has just signed a contract to write a book for Bethany House called Body Matters: Overcoming the New Gnosticism of Young Evangelicals in which he states his intention to interact extensively with Roman Catholic moral theology and John Paul II's theology of the body in particular.

The influence of John Paul the Great on Dale Keuhne (Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism - Baker, 2009) is obvious, although it is not referred to explicitly so far as I can see. And it is clear that the theology of the body is becoming known in a small circle of Evangelicals who have come to love the Great Tradition, but it is still only a cloud in the sky. If anyone knows of other works by Evangelicals that interact with the TOB, I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know in the comments section.

And stay tuned for the revolt against the revolution - an undertaking as audacious and ridiculous as Aragorn and his companions riding up to the Black Gate and demanding the surrender of the Dark Lord. But like Aragorn and his friends, we well know that victory, if it should come, will not come by our power and strength.

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