This has been a really busy week for me. In addition to blogging and putting the finishing touches on my thesis, there have also been several lectures held in Kansas City that I have looked forward to for some time. N. T. Wright’s lectures in KC were on Thursday, and soon Mennonite theologian J. Denny Weaver will be speaking at a number of engagements on Sunday and Monday.

Weaver is the author of a number of books on Anabaptist faith and practice, including The Nonviolent Atonement (Eerdmans, 2011), and, very recently, The Nonviolent God (Eerdmans, 2013). He is one of the most well-known proponents of the “Narrative Christus Victor” atonement theory, which argues against any notion that God somehow forced Jesus into a violent death to atone for humanity’s sins (a la Anselmian Satisfaction Theory).

He will be giving four lectures in Kansas City over the weekend:

  • “The God of Jesus”
    Sunday, March 30, 9:30 a.m., Rainbow Mennonite Church
  • “John Howard Yoder: His Contribution and His Troubled Legacy
    Sunday, March 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Rainbow Mennonite Church
  • “Preaching Through Holy Week Without Doing Violence”
    Monday, March 31, 9 – 10:30 a.m., Rainbow Mennonite Church
  • “The Working of God: Atonement to Nonviolence”
    Monday, March 31, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Central Baptist Theological Seminary

I look forward to attending them all and providing a summary of his arguments on this blog sometime next week.