Here is the full version of my talk presented this summer at the Roman Forum in Gardone, Italy 2016. It was later rewritten after the visit of the Pope to Sweden later that year and will be published in an edited volume in 2017 by Angelico Press.
My article on Michael O’Brien’s Science Fiction novel has just been published.
2015, “Consolations of a New Earth: The Benefits of Science fiction for Catholic Theology” LIR Journal 4: 37–48.
During this year, I will explore the possibilities of using video in my teaching. This is the first example I made from footage I took in India for two years ago.
A review of my book Ritualization and Human Interiority has been published in Religious Studies Review (September 2015).
Blum, J. (2015), Ritualization and Human Interiority. By . Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2013. Pp. 130. $15.00.. Relig Stud Rev, 41: 101–102. doi:10.1111/rsr.12225
Here are some photos I took in Croatia in summer; to remember when the winter darkness will arrive.
I am putting here on the blog a slightly revised version of a talk I gave on Long Island in 2011 on the Catholic Church in Sweden seen from the perspective of my own family. When I look at the text I see that the conclusion needs some more work, but I do not have that at present, so I leave it in it its present condition. Perhaps I will come back to it and develop it later, when life calms down (a pious wish perhaps).
A chapter that I removed from my book Ritualization and Human Interiority before publication (2013) has now (2015) been published in India in the journal Anvikshiki (connected to the philosophy and religion department at BHU in Varanasi) as ”The Ritual Person”. At the time, I felt it necessary to deal in some length with the notion of ’person’ as a background for the discussion of interiorization, but decided to cut it out to make the book more focused. I have put the article here in XPS format as the journal is available only in print and not, to my knowledge, to any great extent spread outside of India.