Monday, March 10, 2008

Reflection Week 9

Cobb: Everlasting Life
Cobb surprised me with this chapter and took a different route than I would have expected him to when he talked about the different visions of the omega stories. I don’t think I normally would have connected the paintings of Thomas Kinkade with omega stories. I guess I didn’t realize that they were so interconnected towards the opposition contemporary artwork. Cobb’s vision of the book as a whole is interesting, not something that I really connected to and if it was my chance I don’t think I would use an overwhelming amount of examples to prove my point. What will happen in the future of the dialogue of theology and culture? What happens twenty years down the road when people are very acquainted with culture. Will we be able to say that we were able to help make connections with their culture and their theology?

Bevans: The Countercultural Model.
Of all the models this is probably the most interesting model for the ideas are quite complex and I don’t think just any person will be able to relate to this concept or model. I do like the model because it intercepts with a postmodern point of view valuing our experiences and looking at our life now rather than a future end. I liked that it is a continual reinterpretation of history and how we need to stay involved within our cultural context. I love that culture continues to change and it we need to continue to be aware of the needs of the community and time to be aware of how the gospel can continue to stay ‘relevant.’

Paper Proposal:
Due to a conversation in class last week as well with Wess I have decided to change my paper topic from women’s issues (gasp….!) to integrating Batine’s theory of carnival with the musical interpretation of David Bazan/ Pedro the Lion. I would like to understand the theory of Batine and practical application through the models of Bevans. I think the best fits are the Praxis Model as well as the Transcendental Model. I think there is a fantastic subversive message of David Bazan in light of the Christian faith and calling out the lawfulness of people and look deeper at the root of the Christian message, in theory I believe this connects quite well with the ideas of Batine.

Wednesday Response:
Though late I still find youth culture enthralling and interesting. I am shocked at the fact that we in the class attempt to separate ourselves from the rest of the world in regards to media messages and how some people seem that we are unaffected from their daily lives. It’s hard for me to believe that. I love that we need to reconnect with the idea of cultural theory and inspire people to recognize what is being marketed to their daily lives. To think that by having Jesus we are unaffected seems ignorant….


joe. said...

David is the sh!t, let me know if you need copies of liner notes, etc.

I have everything he's produced.

C. Wess Daniels said...

Amy - it almost sounds like you liked a chapter from Cobb! OMG! hehe...

It sounds like you've got a great start on your paper on Bazan. I'd be happy to chat with you more about it if you want, but I know you can handle it without my feedback. One thing to keep in mind is that you need a section three where you look at some concrete responses for the church. There are a variety of ways you can take this: Practices that flow directly from Bazan's work, Practices and activities for the church to actually read and understand Bazan, or practices you suggest we need to take in order to respond properly to his work. Or maybe some other option I can't think of. I look forward to reading this.