Last week I did my first 'blogtalk radio' gig with Andy Root discussing his new book The Promise of Despair. I'm not much in love with radio as a format, and 15 minutes is short, but perhaps that's the frame people will listen to. Anymore, I'm pretty sure that there are not single channels of communication that are sufficient and one needs to maximize multiple channels to spark conversations and get ideas out there. Anyway, I didn't say anything great, but I pushed Andy on his hyperbolic contention that life is risky and scary now, more than every before, and that institutions are so broken they can be compared to the living dead, moving but barely alive, barely effective. Part of the value of the volume is it sparks conversation, and intends to. It is an an unusual volume, especially because it is both quite sophisticated in its social theoretical and theological depth as well as being very readable. We joked about how we are trying to unlearn how academic theology programs taught us to write so that we can reach broader audiences with the work that we're doing. This book is a model of that. I'll have more to say overall in a review to come, but for now, here's the 15 minutes of blogtalk.
anon and +peace,