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The Theology Mill

The Theology Mill

By Wipf and Stock Publishers

Welcome to The Theology Mill, brought to you by Wipf and Stock Publishers. In this podcast, show host, Zech Mickel, interviews some of the leading authors in theology, biblical studies, philosophy, and more. Many of the folks we talk with on the show are also authors with us at Wipf and Stock, where we have the honor of putting into print a broad swathe of work that nourishes both the academy and the church. If you’d like to join this conversation, grab your favorite beverage, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to work.
The Phenomenology Booth | Donald Wallenfang | The Twining of Phenomenology and Metaphysics
The Phenomenology Booth | Donald Wallenfang | The Twining of Phenomenology and Metaphysics
The Phenomenology Booth is a virtual exhibit devoted to the philosophical field of phenomenology. The exhibit is hosted on the Wipf and Stock Blog and includes a set of interviews with philosophers and theologians working in phenomenology, as well as a selection of Wipf and Stock’s books in phenomenology. You can find the link to the booth below. Dr. Donald Wallenfang is a Secular Discalced Carmelite and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He has published many books with us at Cascade, including a Cascade Companion to phenomenology, Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist, and Emmanuel: Levinas and Variations on God with Us. Wallenfang was a student of Jean-Luc Marion while doing his PhD. He is also married and the father of six children. In this interview for our phenomenology booth, Dr. Wallenfang and I discuss Jean-Luc Marion, Emmanuel Levinas, Edith Stein, John Paul II, and the relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. PODCAST LINKS: The Phenomenology Booth: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/11/15/the-phenomenology-booth/ Author page: https://wipfandstock.com/search-results/?keyword=donald+wallenfang Dr. Wallenfang's academia.edu page: https://shms-mi.academia.edu/DonaldWallenfangOCDS CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Engelland, Chad. Phenomenology. Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time. Husserl, Edmund. The Idea of Phenomenology. ———. Logical Investigations. 2 vols. John Paul II. Fides et Ratio. Levinas, Emmanuel. Ethics and Infinity: Interviews with Philippe Nemo. ———. Otherwise than Being, or Beyond Essence. ———. Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority. Marion, Jean-Luc. Being Given: Toward a Phenomenology of Givenness. ———. God Without Being: Hors-Texte. ———. “Sketch of a Phenomenological Concept of Sacrifice.” Robbins, Jill, ed. Is It Righteous to Be?: Interviews with Emmanuel Levinas. Rosenzweig, Franz. The Star of Redemption. Sokolowski, Robert. Introduction to Phenomenology. Stein, Edith. Knowledge and Faith. ———. Potency and Act: Studies Towards a Philosophy of Being. Wallenfang, Donald. Dialectical Anatomy of the Eucharist: An Étude in Phenomenology. ———. Emmanuel: Levinas and Variations on God with Us. ———. Human and Divine Being: A Study on the Theological Anthropology of Edith Stein. ———. Phenomenology: A Basic Introduction in the Light of Jesus Christ. Zahavi, Dan. Husserl’s Phenomenology. ———. Phenomenology: The Basics. OUTLINE: (01:48) – How phenomenology is like Apple computers (07:46) – Some good introductory books (10:07) – Studying with Jean-Luc Marion (15:08) – Wading through the jargon (20:13) – Reconciling phenomenology and metaphysics (27:18) – Emmanuel Levinas and/vs. Jean-Luc Marion (32:08) – Phenomenology as ecumenical endeavor (35:46) – Levinas and Stein in light of the Holocaust (40:46) – Phenomenology’s contributions to theology
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November 15, 2022
The Grind | Jordan Daniel Wood | On Maximus the Confessor, Studying at Boston College, and Creative Uses of the PhD
The Grind | Jordan Daniel Wood | On Maximus the Confessor, Studying at Boston College, and Creative Uses of the PhD
The Grind is a series of interviews with young scholars and PhD students on the many ways of "making a way" in the theological academy, and all the trials and joys therein. Dr. Jordan Daniel Wood recently published a book with University of Notre Dame Press titled “The Whole Mystery of Christ: Creation as Incarnation in Maximus the Confessor.” He received his PhD in theology from Boston College and is a stay-at-home father of four girls. In this interview for our podcast series, The Grind, Dr. Wood and I discuss his intellectual formation, his experiences as a PhD student and young scholar, how he’s carved his own way as an academic, and lots more.  PODCAST LINKS: Dr. Wood's book: https://undpress.nd.edu/9780268203474/the-whole-mystery-of-christ/ Dr. Wood's academia.edu page: https://bc.academia.edu/JordanWood Naoki Matcha (Saint Mary's, GA): https://naokimatcha.com/ Brick & Mortar Coffee (Springfield, MO): https://brickandmortar.coffee/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw SOURCES MENTIONED: Maximus the Confessor. On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ.  ———. On Difficulties in the Church Fathers. Vol, 1, The Ambigua. ———. On Difficulties in the Church Fathers. Vol. 2, The Ambigua.  The Philokalia. 4 vols.  Wood, Jordan Daniel. "The Lively God of Sergius Bulgakov: Reflections on The Sophiology of Death."  ———, and Justin Shaun Coyle. "Must Catholics Hate Hegel?" OUTLINE: (02:28) – Matcha, raw milk, and Ethiopian coffee (05:36) – Discovering historical theology (12:43) – Maximus as Master (20:44) – PhD days at Boston College (24:18) – Family and the life of study (31:01) – On the merits of not working in the academy (44:13) – Further merits of being an unattached academic (59:43) – Advice for prospective and current PhD students
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November 01, 2022
Luminaries | Michael J. Gorman | Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Missional Theosis, and the Book of Revelation as Political Theology
Luminaries | Michael J. Gorman | Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Missional Theosis, and the Book of Revelation as Political Theology
The Luminaries series is a collection of interviews with premier thinkers working in the theological academy and the church. Dr. Michael J. Gorman, who goes by Mike, holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. He is the author of many books with Cascade, including Reading Paul, Reading Revelation Responsibly, and the forthcoming The Self, the Lord, and the Other according to Paul and Epictetus. In our interview here, Professor Gorman and I talk about theological interpretation of Scripture, missional hermeneutics, theosis, the Book of Revelation, abortion, and more. Apologies for the glitches and poor sound quality in parts of the episode. We are actively working to strengthen WiFi signals and microphone quality. PODCAST LINKS: Blog post: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/10/18/luminaries-abide-in-me-and-you-will-bear-much-fruit-an-interview-with-michael-j-gorman/ Gorman's author page: https://wipfandstock.com/author/michael-j-gorman/  CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Dault, David, et al. The Leaked Dobbs Draft, the Closure of Catholic News Service, and Looking Ahead to the Summer. The Francis Effect. Podcast audio. May 11, 2022. Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. “Reading for the Subject: The Paradox of Power in Romans 14:1—15:6.”  Gorman, Michael J. Abide and Go: Missional Theosis in the Gospel of John.  ———. Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World. ———. Reading Paul. Cascade Companions.  ———. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation.  ———. “Shalom and the Unborn.”  ———, and Ann Loar Brooks. Holy Abortion?: A Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: Why Christians and Christian Churches Should Reconsider the Issue of Abortion.  Green, Joel B. Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture.  Hays, Christopher B., and C. L. Crouch, eds. God and Guns: The Bible against American Gun Culture.  Hays, Richard B. “Reading the Bible with Eyes of Faith: The Practice of Theological Exegesis.” LaHaye, Tim, and Jerry B. Jenkins. The Left Behind Series. 12 vols.  Lindsey, Hal. There’s a New World Coming: ‘A Prophetic Odyssey.’  Sandmel, Samuel. “Parallelomania.”  Williams, Rowan. Christ the Heart of Creation.  OUTLINE: (01:32) - ‘70s Folk Rock (02:34) - France, Greece, and Turkey (03:29) - Theological Interpretation of Scripture (08:07) - Missional Hermeneutics, Missional Theosis (13:07) - Making Sense of the Pauline Corpus (15:15) - (Mis)readings of the Book of Revelation (21:20) - Abortion and the Church (25:40) - The Bible and Nonviolence (31:17) - Why Publish the Dissertation Now? (33:57) - Paul and Epictetus (38:57) - Writing for the Church, Ecumenism (41:45) - Changing Your Mind
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October 18, 2022
The Balthasar Booth | Matthew Levering | Balthasar for Thomists, Modern German Philosophy, and a Fuller Rendering of (Christic) Catholicity
The Balthasar Booth | Matthew Levering | Balthasar for Thomists, Modern German Philosophy, and a Fuller Rendering of (Christic) Catholicity
The Balthasar Booth is a virtual exhibit devoted to the life and work of Hans Urs von Balthasar. The exhibit is hosted on the Wipf and Stock Blog and includes a set of interviews with Balthasar scholars, as well as a selection of Wipf and Stock’s books by and about HUVB. You can find the link to the booth below. Dr. Levering holds the James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary and is the author of over thirty books, including his 2019 publication, The Achievement of Hans Urs von Balthasar: An Introduction to His Trilogy.  In our conversation, Levering and I discuss Hans Urs von Balthasar, especially as his work relates to Thomism, liberal Catholicism, Ignatian spirituality, modern German philosophy, and much more. Apologies for the glitches and poor sound quality in parts of the episode. We are actively working to strengthen WiFi signals and microphone quality. PODCAST LINKS: The Balthasar Booth: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/08/02/the-balthasar-booth/ Blog post: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/08/01/self-surrender-is-the-heart-of-everything-matthew-levering-on-hans-urs-von-balthasar/ Author page: https://wipfandstock.com/author/matthew-levering/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Convergences: To the Source of Christian Mystery.  ———. The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics. 7 vols.  ———. In the Fullness of Faith: On the Centrality of the Distinctively Catholic. ———. Love Alone Is Credible.  ———. Prayer.  ———. Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory. 5 vols.  ———. Theo-Logic. 3 vols.  ———. Truth Is Symphonic: Aspects of Christian Pluralism.  Collins, Kenneth J., and Jerry L. Walls. Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation.  Levering, Matthew. The Achievement of Hans Urs von Balthasar: An Introduction to His Trilogy.  ———, et al. International Journal of Systematic Theology.  ———, and Thomas Joseph White, OP. Nova et Vetera.  Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Will to Power.  Rousselot, Pierre. The Eyes of Faith: With Rousselot’s Answers to Two Attacks.  OUTLINE: (01:28) - Balthasar's Strengths (03:07) - Critiquing Balthasar (10:57) - Balthasar's Core Themes (34:51) - Ressourcement vs. Thomism (52:06) - Balthasar's Books
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October 11, 2022
The Balthasar Booth | Anne M. Carpenter | Balthasar as Poetic Theologian, "Heideggerian Thomism," and Theological Risk-Taking
The Balthasar Booth | Anne M. Carpenter | Balthasar as Poetic Theologian, "Heideggerian Thomism," and Theological Risk-Taking
The Balthasar Booth is a virtual exhibit devoted to the life and work of Hans Urs von Balthasar. The exhibit is hosted on the Wipf and Stock Blog and includes a set of interviews with Balthasar scholars, as well as a selection of Wipf and Stock’s books by and about HUVB. You can find the link to the booth below. Dr. Anne M. Carpenter is a professor of theology at Saint Mary’s College of California and the author of Theo-Poetics: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Risk of Art and Being.  In our interview, Professor Carpenter and I discuss Hans Urs von Balthasar, particularly in relation to poetry, Orientalism, Heidegger, Thomism, and theological risk-taking, to name a few conversation points. Apologies for the glitches and poor sound quality in parts of the episode. We are actively working to strengthen WiFi signals and microphone quality. PODCAST LINKS: The Balthasar Booth: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/08/02/the-balthasar-booth/ Blog post: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/08/01/to-dare-being-anne-m-carpenter-on-hans-urs-von-balthasar/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Apokalypse der deutschen Seele. 3 vols. ———. Explorations in Theology. 5 vols.  ———. The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics. 7 vols.  ———. Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter. ———. Theo-Logic. 3 vols.  Brown, Joshua R. Balthasar in Light of Early Confucianism.  Carpenter, Anne M. Nothing Gained Is Eternal: A Theology of Tradition.  ———. Theo-Poetics: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Risk of Art and Being.  Kerr, Fergus. “Balthasar and Metaphysics.” In The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar, edited by Edward T. Oakes, SJ, and David Moss.  O’Regan, Cyril. Anatomy of Misremembering: Von Balthasar’s Response to Philosophical Modernity.  Rilke, Rainer Maria. “Lament.” The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke.  OUTLINE: (01:31) - Balthasar's Ideological and Methodological Elusiveness (02:59) - Balthasar, Orientalism, and the Far East (04:59) - Starting Points for Reading Balthasar (06:46) - Theo-Logic v. 3 (08:15) - Writing Poetry (12:05) - Thomist Metaphysics and Poetic Theology (16:05) - Heidegger and Rilke (24:13) - Heideggerian Thomism (28:55) - Twining Metaphysics, Language, and Christology (32:51) - The Risk of Art and Being (39:24) - Lonergan, Balthasar, Blondel, Peguy, and Black Theology
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October 11, 2022
The Balthasar Booth | Layton Friesen | Where Doctrine and Ethics Meet, Contemplation as Theological Source, and the Balthasar-Barth Dynamic
The Balthasar Booth | Layton Friesen | Where Doctrine and Ethics Meet, Contemplation as Theological Source, and the Balthasar-Barth Dynamic
The Balthasar Booth is a virtual exhibit devoted to the life and work of Hans Urs von Balthasar. The exhibit is hosted on the Wipf and Stock Blog and includes a set of interviews with Balthasar scholars, as well as a selection of Wipf and Stock’s books by and about HUVB. You can find the link to the booth below. Dr. Layton Friesen is the academic dean at Steinbach Bible College in Manitoba and formerly served as the Conference Pastor of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference of Canada. He is also the author of Secular Nonviolence and the Theo-Drama of Peace: Anabaptist Ethics and the Catholic Christology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. In our interview, Dr. Friesen and I discuss the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar and its relationship to ethics, contemplation, Karl Barth, contemporary Mennonite communities, and more. Apologies for the glitches and poor sound quality in parts of the episode. We are actively working to strengthen WiFi signals and microphone quality.  PODCAST LINKS: The Balthasar Booth: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/08/02/the-balthasar-booth/ Blog post: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/08/01/ethics-and-the-acts-of-god-layton-friesen-on-hans-urs-von-balthasar/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Engagement with God: The Drama of Christian Discipleship.  ———. Prayer.  ———. Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory. 5 vols.  Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics. 31 vols. Friesen, Layton Boyd. Secular Nonviolence and the Theo-Drama of Peace: Anabaptist Ethics and the Catholic Christology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.  Long, D. Stephen: Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation.  McIntosh, Mark A. Christology from Within: Spirituality and the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar.  Oakes, Edward T. Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. OUTLINE: (01:28) - Humility, Gentleness, and Voracious Curiosity (04:35) - Patience as a Virtue in Reading and Writing (06:07) - Curiosity as Vice? (08:31) - Prayer, Secondary Sources (12:20) - Prayer and Ethics (13:40) - Reading Balthasar as a Mennonite (16:13) - Jesus and Secularity (23:50) - Balthasar, Violence, and Pacifism (28:58) - Doctrine and Ethics (33:50) - Balthasar and Karl Barth 
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October 11, 2022
Luminaries | William T. Cavanaugh | Stan the Man Hauerwas, Roe v. Wade, and Donald Trump as Personal Lord and Savior
Luminaries | William T. Cavanaugh | Stan the Man Hauerwas, Roe v. Wade, and Donald Trump as Personal Lord and Savior
The Luminaries series is a collection of interviews with premier thinkers working in the theological academy and the church. Dr. William T. Cavanaugh is a prolific theologian, professor at Depaul University in Chicago, and is known especially for his work in political theology. He is also a husband and father of three sons. In this interview, Professor Cavanaugh and I talk about a whole host of subjects, including Cavanaugh’s mentor, Stanley Hauerwas, the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the dangers of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Apologies for the glitches and poor sound quality in parts of the episode. We are actively working to strengthen WiFi signals and microphone quality. PODCAST LINKS: Blog post: https://wipfandstock.com/blog/2022/07/11/he-did-not-take-revenge-on-the-torturers-an-interview-with-william-t-cavanaugh/ Author page: https://wipfandstock.com/author/william-t-cavanaugh/ CONNECT: Website: https://wipfandstock.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvht9V0Pndgvwh5vkpe0GGw Twitter: https://twitter.com/wipfandstock Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wipfandstock Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wipfandstock/ SOURCES MENTIONED: Cavanaugh, William T. Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire.  ———. “Electing Republicans has not reversed Roe v. Wade. It’s time to change our strategy.” ———. Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World.  ———, ed. Fragile World: Ecology and the Church. ———, ed. Gathered in my Name: Ecumenism in the World Church. ———. “I had to learn to love the church; then I had to learn to love God.” How My Mind Has Changed. ———. The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict. ———. Theopolitical Imagination: Discovering the Liturgy as a Political Act in an Age of Global Consumerism. ———. Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ.  Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology. Coolman, Holly Taylor. “The 12 things pro-lifers must do if Roe v. Wade is overturned.” Francis, Pope. Laudato si’.  Hartch, Todd. The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity.  Hauerwas, Stanley. The Hauerwas Reader.  Radner, Ephraim. A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church.  Zizioulas, John D. The Eucharistic Communion and the World. OUTLINE: (01:21) - Stanley Hauerwas (06:11) - Partisanship (10:11) - Roe v. Wade, Abortion, and the Church (15:12) - Church as Field Hospital (18:49) - The Church's Witness, or Lack Thereof (22:17) - The Eucharist (25:09) - The Church and Violence (29:35) - Theology through a Global Lens (34:57) - Ecumenism on the Global Stage (39:03) - The Church's Role in Ecological Issues (42:48) - Pope Francis Compared to His Papal Predecessors (47:23) - Changing Your Mind
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October 05, 2022
The Theology Mill | Podcast Trailer
The Theology Mill | Podcast Trailer
Welcome to The Theology Mill, brought to you by Wipf and Stock Publishers. I’m your host, Zech Mickel. In this podcast, we interview some of the leading authors in theology, biblical studies, philosophy, and more. Many of the folks we talk with on the show are also authors with us at Wipf and Stock, where we have the honor of putting into print a broad swathe of work that nourishes both the academy and the church. At Wipf and Stock, we operate without an agenda and are shamelessly unapologetic about what we like: relationships, good beer, fine books, and enough coffee to keep us moving. From biblical studies to classic theology, poetry to history, our authors are experts, scholars, and artists. If you’d like to join this conversation, grab your favorite beverage, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to work.
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September 27, 2022