ChristianColleges.com’s Top 100 Theology Blogs: Part 2 (General Theology)

by Anna Blanch on January 20, 2009

The second part of my review series on Christiancolleges.com’s Top 100 list. The first post explaining some of the background to the list can be found here. As an update to my comments about the source of the list, with the assistance of some fellow bloggers, I’d like to share with you the following information: A number of similar lists, in a similar style for small businesses, highschool athletes, web based design schools and others have appeared in the last twelve months with the bylines reading Kelly Kirkpatrick, Kelly Sonora, and finally, Jessica Merritt. It appears that the Kelly’s are pseudonyms for Jessica given to her by a boss for commercial reasons (information provided by Jessica herself here). The commercial motivation is based on revenue generated from click-through advertising on these sites, including www.christiancolleges.com (a site that appeared sometime in December, as far as I can tell). Further information including details about the owner of the domain and for more details about the Kelly’s and Jessica read Doug Hudgeon’s post.

I still intend to complete my reviews on the entire list – with the awareness that I will limit my criticisms of the breadth and depth of the blog because the authority of this “Top 100” is in serious question. Now onto the second part of the review (the entirety of which is looking like it is going to be bigger than Ben Hur). By the way, if there are other authority “top” lists in the fields of literature and theology or pop culture and theology that you would like reviewed make a note in a comment and I will put it on my to-do list!

General Theology
Described as covering “anything and everything theology” the General Theology section makes up 25% of the list.

azcoyote: “Get thoughts from a theologian through this blog” is how this entry is captioned. the author, Michael Anthony Abril is a 22 year old graduate theology student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology. This blog is based on the principle that Theology is a Science for Christians to go deeper in trying to understand the mysteries of faith. New posts about once a month.

Making the Grade:
Scope – C
Quality
– C
Theological Leanings Catholic

Euangelion: Joel Willits, Assistant Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University in Chicago, and Michael Bird, an Australian scholar and lecturer in New Testament at the Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland, are the authors of this blog which is self labelled as a “post post-modern” blog which discusses “New Testament studies, Christian Origins, Theological Exegesis, and following Jesus.” A scholarly theological blog which explores a wide range of issues, commentaries, recent book releases and posts in line with their stated telos. My biggest criticism is a painful design which is aesthetically very difficult to read – actually stopped from reading more!

Making the Grade:

Scope – B
Quality
– B
Theological Leanings – Protestant (Anglican ?)

Narrative and Ontology: Examines Old Testament biblical word usage and the implications for biblical narrative. Authored by Phillip Sumter Bonn, a PhD student (Germany) who is also a team member for fides quaerens intellectum. He seems recently to have gone way off his stated focus and has written numerous posts about Gaza and Israel which seem to have very little with ontology and only obliquely relate to the concept of narrative.

Making the Grade:

Scope – C
Quality
– B-
Theological Leanings – Jewish?
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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