A Shout-Out to Shout-Outs

One of the (very cool) benefits of working with top scholars is that you sometimes run across your name in print. Friends and peers have recently pointed out a couple such shout-outs, and I, in turn, wish to encourage you to check out these books, knowing first hand the excellence of their contents.

Splendid Wickeness MentionFirst is David Bentley Hart’s latest volume, a series of collected essays titled A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays available from Eerdmans. I had the pleasure of serving as Dr. Hart’s research assistant during the 2014-2015 academic year and helped him assemble the essays included in this volume. As Phil Long notes in his recent review of Hart’s work, these essays cover a wide variety of topics, but very often relate back to important issues of theology and/or philosophy.

Divine Quest East and West MentionThe second book I point you to is Jay Ford’s The Divine Quest, East and West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities published by SUNY. Ford serves as the Chair of the Wake Forest University Department for the Study of Religions and I had the honor of taking a course on “Conceptions of the Ultimate” with him whilst at Wake Forest. In the weeks to come I hope to post a couple of reflections on portions Ford’s book, as he offers an engaging and informed discussion of how different world religions define and understand the Ultimate.

I extend a big ‘thank you’ to these scholars, both for their wisdom and instruction, as well as their kindness in mentioning a lowly graduate student such as myself.


Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

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