July 14, 2010

Fr. James Wiseman was among a dozen theology professors from the U.S. and U.K. who were selected to participate in a new program at the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton, New Jersey, from June 20 till July 10. The center is located on the grounds of the Princeton Theological Seminary, adjacent to Princeton University. The program was called “Writing Theology” and focused on ways to write theology effectively for an audience broader than professional theologians. The overall director of the workshop was Dr. Marilynne Robinson, a senior fellow at the CTI and an award-winning novelist and lay theologian who teaches much of the year at the well-known Iowa Writers Workshop. During the three weeks in Princeton, each participant submitted two short papers and one longer one, each of which was discussed by the entire group with a view to improving the writing for a non-specialist audience. Most of the longer papers were sections of books that the participants are working on.