In case the title of this post confused you, I’m going to talk about theological stories from the year 2011 – not 2,011 stories. That would be a lot of stories, theological or otherwise. And even though I have a lot of time since I’m in the office all week with no meetings and almost no coworkers, I don’t have that much time. Anyway, I hope that’s cleared up.
Actually, like our last Theology Thursday post, I don’t plan on doing much “talking” at all. Instead, I want to point you to a recent article from Collin Hansen on The Gospel Coalition blog. Collin lists his view of the Top 10 Theology Stories of 2011, and I think the post is worth a read.
I realize a lot of blogs are doing the “Top 10 of 2011” thing right now, but I like Collin’s post best for a couple reason. First, it’s broad in scope. The stories he mentions range from the Arab Spring to Tim Tebow to “Rob Bell Wins,” and more. (One of those three was the top theological story of 2011, but you’ll have to read the post to find out which one.)
The second reason I like Collin’s article is that it’s admittedly foolhardy. In his words: “It’s subjective, presumptuous, and guaranteed to infuriate roughly half my readers.” Sounds great! Actually, hearing theological people admit they have a certain bias regarding theology always strikes me as refreshing. And I like Collin’s suggestion that we, “Consider [the list] a challenge for you to generate your own list and pray that God might bless his church with the faith and vision to see the world as he does.”
So be it.