When folks ask me whether they should do a PhD in philosophy (or theology, for that matter) I typically respond, “Yes, if you’re okay with being the smartest barista at Starbucks.” I then go on to describe the bleak prospects for humanities PhDs generally, and philosophy (and theology) in particular. Since you might not have […]
On the professorial pipe dream
Today I was out for lunch with a friend who is a professor in the religion department at a well known Christian university in the United States. He mentioned that he’d been on search committees in the past so I asked him how many applicants the school would tend to get for each position advertised. […]
Can analytic philosophy save theology?
Theology today is beset by a problem, one that is shared by many disciplines in the humanities. The problem is multi-layered. In fact it is a number of problems. Let me take a moment to identify three of them. 1. Skepticism: Many theologians write in the shadow of Kant’s “Copernican Revolution”. There is an enormous and […]