I have structured this page in such a way that it is available "at a glance" to others, who might share some of my interests. I am tired of having all of my favourite and interesting website URLs scattered across the "Favourites" lists on every browser I've ever had access to. As a result, I'm on a mission to put them somewhere that I can actually access them. Just because I list a URL does not mean I agree with the page in question. I find a great number of things interesting even though I profoundly disagree with them.
Due to somebody's sensible suggstion, it is now linked from AngelaRayner. I have also chopped large bits of discussion that have ensued about the links themselves. Since it is a Wiki, people can just put them back again if they desire, but I'd really rather they set up separate pages to discuss the pages' contents.
ARGH. This page is spiralling out of control. Ideally I want the whole Theology section categorised into sub-sections of what kind of theology it discusses...
I have started putting icons next to the links that are out of order. A lot of them have become out dated recently, and I may well put links from the Way Back machine in their place. In looking up the out of date ones, I've got as far as the section on Mary, but have not completed that section.
http://milkbadger.2y.net/library/ An interesting collection of links from Bill Cavanaugh, Stanley Fish, Stanley Hauerwas, Richard Hays, Ivan Illich, Christopher Lasch, Stephen Long, Alasdair MacIntyre?, JH Yoder etc. Some of them are already on this list.
http://crc.sa.utoronto.ca/articles/ Bookmarked for a rainy day. Looks like interesting articles on "home" - homecoming, homelessness and home-making. Seems to be from a sensible Evangelical perspective, and addresses issues relating to term post-modernism.
http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/patron00.htm This is a great site that enables you to find obscure topics associated with the saints. If you have problems with procrastinating, enlist the help of St Expeditus. You'll have to ignore the fact that he's possibly legendary! What about computer technicians? Their patron saint is Isidore of Seville.
http://www.interchurchfamilies.org/journal/2002jul10.shtm The substance of a talk by Ruth Reardon on the life of Fr John Coventry SJ and his activities with inter-Church families. I found this article while doing a search for something else, but the description of John Coventry impressed me greatly.
http://www.xenos.org/essays/litthry4.htm "A BRIEF HISTORY OF LITERARY THEORY III" By Chris Lang. I found this a good critical summary of Stanley Fish's reader-response theory, but I've not dug deeper. I suspect the author and I would eventually disagree.
http://astro.temple.edu/~arcc/burns.htm A very well written email by Peter Burns S.J. re. the status of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. I think he's spot on. Also contains info. re. how the RCC understands infallibility.
http://www.crosscurrents.org/whelan.htm The Responsible Body: Eucharistic Community by Matthew Whelan. This will eventually go into a political theology section... here is a quote from the article: "In [The Lord's Prayer], those who pray find themselves enfolded into a narrative in which concern for others' bread, or lack of it, is their obligation; they find themselves responsible for the hunger of others at the roots of their selves."
http://www.cofe.anglican.org/info/socialpublic/ People often ask, "what do Anglicans believe about abortion or euthanasia or whatever?". The answer is usually "They think lots of things". This page is a pointer towards documents that seek to answer that sort of question.
http://www.btinternet.com/~glynhughes/squashed/index.htm I've no idea if it's done well, but this site provides squashed versions of the texts of various philosophers (Augustine's Confessions are included). Also, it provides cute icons to show how long it will take to read each text!
Possible resources for thinking about catechesis with adults and children
http://www.kencollins.com/pray-21.htm Does it matter whether we sit, stand or kneel in Church? I think this article combined with speaking about customs and manners would make a great slot on prayer and bodies. The way we greet, eat and meet our friends matters, and so does the way we greet, meet and eat our Lord in the sacrament. The author uses the Jesus prayer in 4 different positions to show how context matters.
http://www.kencollins.com/pray-20.htm "Should we sit, stand or kneel to pray?" Shows 5 traditional postures for prayer... This is great. One could ask children to assume the positions and then ask whether they could guess what kind of prayer would be offered from each one. Eg. kneeling = petitionary, standing with hands lifted = praise.
http://mariannedorman.homestead.com/Contents.html Marianne Dorman's catholic website. This looks to be an excellent catechetical resource for adults with a good devotional slant. It has introductory articles on the creed, the Bible and saints and seasons. Also has good resources on female abbesses and monasticism.
Beginnings of articles by and about Hans Urs von Balthasar
http://www.ratzingerfanclub.com/Balthasar/ More Balthasar links than even the most Balthasarian Balthasar fan could possibly need. The more I read, the more I'm sceptical of his account of gender, but I want to write theology like him.
Beginnings of articles by and about Amy Laura Hall
http://www.thenewatlantis.com/archive/7/hall.htm "In what sense equal?" An article on 3 construals of human beings as equal through: imago dei, redemption and adoption. Hall criticises the asking of the question "who counts as human being?" and writes from concern for people often regarded as extraneous.
http://www.faithandvalues.com/tx/JLE-8/2/ An article from the Journal of Lutheran Ethics named "The Irreproducible Gift: Musings on Christ and biotechnological reproduction.". I consider it one of the most timely and well written articles that I've listed here. I return to it often.
http://www.theotherjournal.net/article.php?id=28 An interview with Amy Laura Hall by Chris Keller on Evangelicals having heartily embraced reproductive technology. I'm looking out for anything published or printed by ALH as I'm quite excited by some of what she to say about Christian practices.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/011/22.70.html "A Hard Pill to Swallow" - This article is connected to the one below and is by the editor of Christianity Today, Agnieszka Tennant, who had a change of heart with regard to the birth control pill after hearing Amy Hall.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/007/9.30.html "Unwanted Interruptions". An interview with Hall about the "interruption" of children into our lives. It has to be said that my favourite line in the article runs like this: 'It is not unusual for Hall to check her blouse for toddler goop as she begins a lecture.' What a celebration of embodiment!
http://www.nd.edu/~theo/jhy/ Not everything by Yoder is in print. This is a site providing some of his unpublished articles. I think he has written the most interesting piece I've read for a while on homosexuality, called "History and Hermeneutics".
http://godsfriends.org/Vol16/No1/james-alison-interview.html An interview with James Alison - from which the most interesting quote is: "It seems to me to that the capacity of gay males to start to consider ourselves normal is the direct result of women having started to become equals or comparative equals within previously all-male groups."
http://www.litim-oi.org/menu.html The Li Tim-Oi Foundation exists to carry on the ministry of the first Anglican Woman Priest by enabling women in the Two Thirds World to train for Christian work in their own countries. (Why have I not heard of this before?)
Female priesthood? and a few articles on priesthood generally.
http://www.farmington.ac.uk/documents/old_docs/Wood.htm "UNLEASHING THE LION: TEACHING THE BIBLE IN THE POST-MODERN CLASSROOM" by Cavan Wood. It's a long and sprawling text. I can't remember why I read it (or if I read the whole lot), but it's got some interesting Stanley Fish excerpts.
http://www.romanrite.com/j070302.html John Lilburne's journal about articles by Bishop Ryan of Monterey on postures for the people. (This is all rather foreign to my ears, and my former self would have raged about excessive legalism, but I find the thinking on posture fascinating, even if I don't care for too much of this kind of sentiment.)
http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/lhwe/passion.html Here are the Passion Narratives in both continuous and dramatic form. Most people would have little use for them, but Google can't find "Passion Narratives Dramatic Form" so I thought I'd help out Parish Administrators!
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/cgi-bin/register.cgi/tablet-00980 Eamon Duffy on the Mass, including his classic lament: "The once abundant repertoire of para-liturgical rituals, devotions and sacramentals, by which Catholics mark, bless or dedicate key events, has dwindled, and the Mass has become for most of us the one-fit focus of the sacred."
http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/pope0264ih.htm "Women: Teacher's of Peace." from 1995 World Day of Peace. Even though I worry about the implied essentialism (and like he's really going to care what I think), I /still/ re-read and enjoy this document. Go women!
http://www.trainupachild.com/ Dubious Evangelical site for bringing up Christian children who play Christianly... However, it has some great action man/woman figures. I am a particular fan of Goliath. Also, it looks to me as though Mary has muscles. If you order one of these, you get an Angel free!!
http://www.kitchengifts.com/religious.html Tonnes more religious biscuit cutters. This one features an Ark, a harp, a Hebrew scroll, a Christian fish, obscurely a tea cup and pot, and also a camel with a large hump. For all of those occasions when you need to make biscuits!
http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/edibles/edibles.htm#org Edible images for cakes. This site has the dubious prvilege of containing the only edible Virgin Mary that I've found on the entire world wide web. However, it doesn't say how large Our Lady of Guadeloupe actually is, which is a drawback. I am /still/ looking for small (fairy-cake sized), edible BVMs for Marian feast days!
http://www.tastyfotoart.com/ These people let you send them images which they will turn into edible objects. Could be useful if the Mary search proves fruitless.
http://www.sfs.org.uk/ This is the website for the Society for Storytelling. Since I think story telling is a forgotten art, maybe I'll get in touch with them to see if it's possible to learn to practice some time...
http://www.countryloversstore.com/ If you want to look as cool as I do, buy your Drizabone coat from this site. They shipped me mine within two days of ordering and they are very weatherproof coats. Also, they have leg straps, meant for riding, but good for cycling too. [Discussion snipped. People have pointed out that the coding on this page is not secure for ordering. I've not faced repercussions, but watch this space.]