The Dead Theologian Reading SocietyBy Trillia Newbell | December 26th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | 12 comments
by Trillia Newbell
Let me start by saying, this is not really a “society” or club (yet) and yes, I was inspired by the movie “The Dead Poets Society.”
With that out of the way, I thought it would be fun and beneficial to begin reading from more dead theologians. As I looked at my current reading list and surveyed what I have read over the past year, I realized that I am stuck in a contemporary rut. Perhaps I shouldn’t call it a rut. It’s actually been wonderful. I’ve spent the year reading from John Piper, D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, Anthony Carter, and Thabiti Anyabwile, and from women like Kathleen Nielson, Nancy Guthrie, Mary Kassian, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and now Claire Smith. And that’s just to name a few.
I have been extremely blessed through reading this year. I must say, I do owe it to owning a Kindle. This is not an advertisement for the kindle, but I can hardly believe the amount of material I have been able to read as a result. What’s interesting to me is that with the kindle also comes the chance to purchase books from various dead theologians for extremely cheap or free! So I have tons of books that I have never read sitting and waiting…and waiting.
But what I am learning from reading many of these contemporaries is that they are reading the old dead guys.
So here’s the plan:
Each month I’d like to read something (an article, sermon, or book) from a dead theologian. This is not a New Year’s resolution. It’s a fun goal. Each month I’ll simply write a post about who I am reading and what I am reading (or what I have read). It’s just for fun, but I anticipate God meeting me through these writers, pastors, and theologians in amazing ways.
Here’s where you come in:
1. I’d love for you to suggest some theologians that I should explore. I’m not talking Spurgeon (I read him often already). I’d love some less known theologians or less read. I will, of course, read the well known, always quoted, men as well. Also, I would love some women.
2. Join me! We can make it a society if more participates. Here’s what I won’t be able to do: I can’t lead discussions, I won’t be able to answer questions, and I won’t be able to write more than the one post about what I am reading (unless it’s incredible and I can’t help myself). I know my limitations and therefore I am going into this with low expectations of myself.
But you may be able to discuss it and you are welcome to do so on my site under the posts I write. But simply letting me (us) know you are reading too would be sufficient.
If you are interested in being a part of the very unofficial Dead Theologian Reading Society you can simply comment and check back in under the tab “For Fun” for books I am reading. You can read the same book or article, or find a different one by the same theologian. If the reading group actually grows I’ll create a special area for us on this site.
If you want to make sure you don’t miss anything you can:
which is sent out bimonthly (soon to be monthly).
And please make suggestions in the comments section of this post for some theologians that I (we) should be reading!
Wonderful reading ahead!