Friday, March 19, 2010

Memory, Meaning & Faith Adds to Thoughtful Discussion in Adventist Blogging

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Memory, Meaning & Faith, www.andrews.edu/go/memorymeaningfaith, a new blog focused on Christian history in light of contemporary issues, will officially launch on Friday, March 19. Sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, this blog seeks to make the benefits of Seminary research more easily accessible to both lay persons and academics with the goal of refining thinking through broad-based dialogue in order to strengthen the faithful life of the mind within the Adventist and broader Christian community.

This blog was the vision of Nicholas Miller and John Reeve, who both teach in the Department of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. They envisioned a place on the Internet where church members could interact with Seminary professors across the broad range of topics related to history and theology. “We want to add to thoughtful, faithful discussion in the Adventist blogging community and become a hub of thoughtful, faithful online historical discussion,” says blog co-founder Nicholas Miller.

Miller and Reeve invited Roy Gane, a professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient near eastern languages; Martin Hanna, associate professor of historical theology; and Teresa Reeve, assistant professor of New Testament contexts, to join them in becoming regular contributors to Memory, Meaning & Faith.

Together, this team of scholars will blog on cutting edge topics in their fields by drawing from their current research interests. “Our aim is to strengthen faith while critiquing and discussing historical and theological ideas,” says blog co-founder John Reeve.

Each contributor, writing on a rotating schedule, will generate two posts each week made up of a quote from a historical source with discussion questions and an 800-1200 word post addressing a historical topic and its contemporary application. The contributors plan to engage in vigorous discussion with those who comment on their post while at the same time maintaining an atmosphere of courtesy and respect. The blog holds several values in high regard: Christian faith, scripture, scholarship, respectful dialogue, inquiry, intellectual honesty, relevance and love.

In celebration of Memory, Meaning & Faith’s launch, books by the blog’s main contributors will be given away to some of the first individuals who visit www.andrews.edu/go/memorymeaningfaith and then either become a fan on Facebook, a follower on Twitter or sign up for the newsletter. For conference, union or division ministerial directors who refer their pastors to Memory, Meaning & Faith and cc’s memorymeaningfaith@gmail.com, one of the first 50 to do so will receive a copy of Shadow of the Shekinah by Roy Gane. For college or university religion or theology department chairs or professors who refer their students and cc’s memorymeaningfaith@gmail.com, one of the first 50 to do so will receive Cosmic Christ of Scripture by Martin Hanna. Additional giveaway information is available by visiting www.andrews.edu/go/memorymeaningfaith and clicking on the “Giveaway” tab.

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