Reminder: JSPL 4.1 Issue on N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Gupta)

I wanted to post a quick reminder about our Spring (4.1) issue of Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters. It was mailed out to subscribers a while back, but since I just moved, my copies arrived recently. This issue is a major review of N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. We managed to line-up an excellent group of reviewers including Thomas Schreiner, Michael Gorman, David Starling, Martinus de Boer, Markus Bockmuehl, and Beverly Gaventa. While each reviewer offered praise for Wright’s work, there are some really eye-opening critiques and perspectives.

We were also very delighted to have Wright respond to the critiques in his own 15+ page response essay. While I know that there are other review issues in the works for other journals, we wanted to offer something early and robust. I think we accomplished that. So, if you want to get your hands on this issue and even make a subscription to JSPL, go over to Eisenbrauns

This past summer, Mike Bird and I turned over editorship of the journal to Stanley Porter and his colleague Christopher Land. Mike and I look forward to remaining on the editorial board as essay reviewers and we eagerly anticipate how the journal will grow and mature in the hands of the new editors.

Bonhoeffer on Stupidity (Gupta)

Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgement simply need not be believed–in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical–and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers from Prison, 43)