ChristianColleges.com’s Top 100 Theology Blogs: Part 5 (General Theology Post No.4)

by Anna Blanch on February 4, 2009

Post #5 of a review series on Christiancolleges.com’s Top 100 Theology blogs list. For details about the list, please see Post # 1 and Post # 2 in the series. Links to all the posts in the series can be found at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to comment offering your assessment or suggesting other lists and blogs I should peruse.

Theological Scribbles
: Robin Parry works for Paternoster (UK) but stresses that this blog is personal and not associated with his day job. Parry writes thoughful posts examining theological issues in current affairs and the popular media. His design could use some work as it doesn’t make good use of space.

Making the Grade:
Scope – B
Quality
– A-
Theological LeaningsEvangelical Anglican (?)

Theology Forum: Merritt describes this as “a discussion on the cultivation of theology”. The Forum is the work of three writers, all PhD students at either King’s College or University of Aberdeen. A combination of well written book reveiws, poetry, theological comment, and musings. One other thing that sets this blog apart from the rest of the blogosphere is a simple but effective design that makes great use of white space. This is one i will be adding to my blogroll and one which may prompt me to call in the help of a designer once again!

Making the Grade:
Scope – B
Quality
– A
Theological Leanings – Evangelical Protestant/Anglican (?)

Sweet Tea & Theology: In the style of Between Two Worlds but less scholarly in nature. Short write ups and reviews on current affairs and popular culture musings on theology, new books and music, and other resources. The blog design is a little cluttered up top. Impressive list of links to RSS feeds and other current affiars from the world of the North American church.

Making the Grade:
Scope – A-
Quality
– B
Theological LeaningsSouthern Baptist

Stepping into the Light: Stepping into the Light is designed for new believers and “young” Christians. Diane L Harris writes about her book Stepping into the Light: You’re a Christian, what now? described as a “great primer for the new adult Christian, as well as a devotional and inspiring Christian living guidebook”. Harris is one of the few female bloggers includes in Merrit’s list.
Making the Grade:
Scope – Very limited in scope but keeps itself within its own scope! which means B.
Quality
– B+
Theological Leanings Protestant (with Jewish heritage)

Koinonia: Koinonia is a group blog hosted by publisher Zondervan. As such it primarily focuses on discussions and posts which surround the books and other media published by Zondervan. Contains alot of multimedia includes interviews with authors and others commenting on hot topics in theology. Some of the bloggers that form part of the group are high profile authors on biblical and systematic theology and as such I will probably add this to my list of reading!
Making the Grade:
Scope – B-
Quality
– A
Theological Leanings – Protestant

Stalin’s Moustache: Check out Roland Boer’s blog to read about the Bible, theology, philosophy, and more. Australian author and academic, Roland Boer is the author of Stalin’s Moustache. Boer is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study for Humanity, University of Newcastle. Apart from a recent post linking to NT Wrong’s Top 50 Biblioblogs, Boer has been posting on this historical evolution of the “combover” especially as it has been seen on great figures in history, philosophy, science and business. His list of publications, found here is quite interesting. Uses the same blog template at Theological Scribbles (reviewed above) and thus my comments on design in that review also apply here. This blog is entertaining, I am just confused as to why it was included on this list!
Making the Grade:
Scope – B –
Quality
– B (the older posts where Boer discusses his research are the most interesting!)
Theological Leanings – ?

Christian Theology: Christopher Neiswonger, Douglas Eaton, Josh Hicks, Clay Atkinson, Candace Jackson, and Dante Tremayne are the bloggers who contribute to this group blog on Christian theology. Blog discussions range from environmental issues, politics of the day, hot topics facing the church along with deeper theological discussions about faith traditions including orthodoxy (the discussions themselves are often beginnings and not scholarly treatises – refreshingly). Great Design qualities make this blog easy to look at and read which is becoming more important to me the more of these I look at and review!!
Making the Grade:
Scope – B+
Quality
– B
Theological LeaningsProtestant (?)

Parchment and Pen: ****** This link no longer seems to be functioning. ******

The Lucifer Effect: A blog, and book, by Phillip Zimbardo on “The Lucifer Effect” which considers how good people turn evil. Zimbardo was the Stanford Pscyhology Professor who conducted the Standford Prison experiment which separated class randomly into guards and prisoners to study the behaviour of those imprisoned and their guards in a controlled environment. Apparently, the story of the experiment has been optioned by IKON entertainment for international movie rights. The link to the blog is actually a link to the Lucifer Effect Theology Blog which links to the sermons and writings of pastors who have noticed similar patterns to Zimbardo. It should be noted, that there is no clear indication as to Zimardo’s personal theological approach, he states:

Our hope is to expand the range of theological perspectives presented here. We start with “Lucifer Goes to Church” and we invite input from all interested parties so that soon Lucifer can also go to Synagogue, Mosque, and Temple.

Making the Grade:
Scope – C
Quality
– B
Theological Leanings? (believes in the existence of good and evil forces…)

HIM-An Introduction: Blog of Dr Michael Jensen, lecturer in Christian Doctrine at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. Directed at seekers and believers alike, with the intent that this is an introduction to God. Not overly simplified, Jensen works through an issue or human problem in each posts thinking through a biblical and God-centred approach. This blog is very spare on design which works to send a no bells and whistles message and in this regard I think it is more effective than Stepping into the Light (reviewed above). I will say, however, the dark blue background is a little hard on the eyes.
Making the Grade:
Scope – A
Quality
– A
Theological Leanings – Evangelical Anglican

Faith and Theology: The blog of Ben Myers, recently appointed Professor at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Sydney, Australia. One of the bright spots on this list! Myers blog offers book reviews, observations and musings on teaching and studying theology, observations on current affairs in theological academia, a fabulous array of links (challenges JT’s Between Two Worlds for the Gold) in occassional Postcards of the hanging posts, and commentary on politics (though the last doesn’t occur too much).

Making the Grade:
Scope – A
Quality
– A+
Theological LeaningsEvangelical Protestant

Comments
NT Wrong’s Top 50 Biblioblogs – Roland Boer’s blog, above, directed me to this link, and I think i will come back and possibly review some of the blogs contained on this list – which is put together on the basis of hits/visitors, so at least it has some measure of empiricism as to what is included. However, masses of traffic isn’t always the best indicator, or any indicator, of content.

I have to say I have been suprised by two things throughout the course of the reviews so far.

  1. The paucity of woman bloggers (either involved in group blogs or as single authors).
  2. The high representation of Australians. There have been at least 6 so far…. over the course of 25 blogs that’s alot!

It is reasonable to assume and accuse that I have noticed these things because I happen to be Australian, a Woman, and a Blogger. That would be fair enough – but i guess it just means that I notice these things! So, my observations still stand.

Related Posts in the Review Series
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – General Theology (Post 1)
Part 3 – General Theology (Post 2)
Part 4 – General Theology (Post 3)
Part 5 – General Theology (Post 4)
Part 6 – Criticism
Part 7 – Politics
Part 8 – History
Part 9 – Academic (Part 1)
Part 10 – Academic (Part 2)
Part 11 – Clergy
Part 12 – Writings (Part 1)
Part 13 – Writings (Part 2)
Part 14 – Society and Culture
Summary and Wrap up

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