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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Theology in tight places...

I had the pleasure and privilege of hearing Jürgen Moltmann speak in the faculty last Thursday on the topic of German theology since 1908. I was enlightening and exciting, not least because one of the greater figures in the last century of German theology was present giving the lecture.

As those familiar with Moltmann's theology will know, he was captured as a prisoner of war in World War II, and interred interned by the British for quite some time. At one point he was given the option of transferring to a prisoner of war camp near Nottingham, at which he could study the Bible and theology. It was that formative and moving experience which launched him into the field of theology, and both he and theology were never the same again.

It was at this point in the lecture where someone leaned over and said: 'A prison camp where you could study theology? It sounds like my old seminary!'

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2 Comments:

OpenID davepaisley said...

I sure hope you mean "interned", not "interred" ;)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Whoops! Yes I do - good catch. (If he had been 'interred' there, it would put my claim to have heard him lecture in some doubt!) Interesting the convergence between being interned in a camp and being an intern at a corporation...

Thursday, June 05, 2008 4:35:00 PM  

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