Evangelicalism and Theology of the Body
Heard the best talk of the year last night at OLSWA by a professor of theology from Tyndale University College in Toronto, Dr. Craig Carter. His talk was entitled "Evangelical Perspectives on John Paul II's Theology of the Body." I must say that it was one of the most interesting talks I have ever experienced. I am fascinated by Protestantism - true Protestantism, not your watered-down, modernism disguising itself as Christianity - true Protestantism, vibrant and smart, like the Evangelicalism of Dr. Carter, true Barthianism, if I may so say. You are thinking to yourself, what can JPII and Evangelicalism have in common? A great deal, my friends. Dr. Carter is inspired by the Biblicism of the TOTB (Theology of the Body), and really thinks that his Protestant brethren have no choice but to learn from it, to develop and strengthen their weak theology of marriage. There's a lot more I could say about this talk, but why not visit Dr. Carter's blog, which I sure to do a great deal of in the near future. For me the night was so bizarre in that I finally got to meet someone who confirmed all my highest hopes for Catholic-Protestant relations. I am thinking of getting involved in the Catholic-evangelical dialogue, as was one of my great heroes, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus.
Second neat, unusual experience: I helped dig a grave today. My forearm is killing me: I'm no Popeye.