The Toronto Journal of Theology, to maintain quality and integrity, relies on the work of a number of scholars. This issue gives a list of manuscript reviewers over the last two years in recognition of their work. That list is also an indicator of range and diversity of scholarly assessors and is just as important as the span of topics covered by the ten engaging articles and fifteen lively reviews comprising this issue.
Deep incarnation in relation to materiality is the focus of the opening article. Its author, critiquing classical christological doctrines and lines of theology prominent in contemporary theological discussions, advances the idea of theology as a diachronic remembrance of affective face-to-face encounters. While eschewing any deep incarnation suggested by Gregersen’s three senses of incarnation, its notion of deep incarnation upholds an idea of God as coming out of materiality, or the co-creative power of things themselves.
A cluster of three articles on Kierkegaard’s relation to different strands of Christianity follow. One introduces Kierkegaard as an ally of early twentieth-century Catholic thinkers providing an impetus for Vatican Council ii, and associated with resourcement or the return to the sources in Catholic theology in the last century. It considers thinkers such Daniélou, Congar, Balthasar, and Cornelio Fabro. A second article argues that Kierkegaard’s treatment of topics such as justification and sanctification, nature and grace, are a nuanced trajectory rooted in spiritual writers of the Middle Ages and later extended by the Pietists. It clarifies that orientation by considering similarities to themes treated by the late medieval spiritual writer Johannes Tauler. A third article is in effect a response to the two, extending its consideration of Kierkegaard’s relation or influence to other strands of Christianity.
African religion and theology engage the attention the next two contributions. One, focusing on Wole Soyinka’s non-fictional writings considers African spirituality and indigenous faith as shaping his perspective on religion and abandonment of Anglicanism. It presents Soyinka as a religious critic and radical theistic humanist. It discusses his radical skepticism and religious inclusivism as enabling him to deal with the uneasiness and ambivalence of his youthful years, as well as his view of religion. The second article, making a thematic pair, argues for African theology as having reached a fourth stage of meaning implied by Lonergan’s three stages. It builds on the fourth stage developed by Lonergan scholar John Dadosky.
The intellectually disabled, causes of consolation, televangelist preaching, and Advent lyric are the foci of the remaining four pieces. One essay takes up [End Page 1] the question of the necessary hospitality boundaries between guest and host as starting point in considering the boundaries between the disabled and the assistant in promoting a healthy relationship. It argues that Richard Kearney’s vision of God as guest and stranger developed by his book, Anatheism, is only a starting point for a dialogue with Jean Vanier’s vision as represented by L’Arche, an innovative social moment advocating for the intellectually disabled.
Another contribution concerns itself with the cause of consolation, offering a Thomistic analysis of the ideas of consolation and desolation in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. A third article of the remaining four introduces the televangelist Jay Bakker, arguing that his books and sermons have an affinity to Paul Tillich’s theology, a popularizing of that theology compared to that of his parents.
The Advent Lyrics, long studied by students of Old English literature and marking a phase in the devotion of Mary, is the focus of the last and final article of the issue. Thematically a different tenor, it argues that the dialogue between Mary and Joseph in the seventh section portrays Mary as an angelic messenger and spiritual teacher.
Books reviews are not to be overlooked. They include titles by Herb McCabe, Mario D’Souza and J.R. Seiling, Pamela McCarroll, George Hunsinger, and Ronald Sider. [End Page 2]