Restructuring Open Source Theology
The intention behind Open Source Theology has always been that it should embody and recommend the open, collaborative and generous nature of an emerging theology. I am conscious of the fact, however, that in using it extensively as a platform for my own theology and for promoting my books, etc., I have risked abusing the spirit of the thing. It has taken me a while to decide what to do about this, but having discussed the matter with a number of friends, it now seems to me the best course of action to start a separate website for developing my own stuff and to take more of an editorial role with respect to Open Source Theology. Hopefully this will create a better space here for people to share ideas without having to reckon with, dance around, compete with or hide from my sometimes obsessive preoccupation with a post-christendom, narrative-realist, eschatologically-enhanced theology.
There is a risk that Open Source Theology will wither as a result. I certainly do not intend to stop posting here, but I would like to do more to nurture the general debate without feeling the need to assert my own point of view all the time. If Open Source Theology is to have continuing value, therefore, it will need a broader range of people to take responsibility for generating discussion around the theological challenges facing the emerging church - indeed, it may help to think in terms of having an informal editorial board.
For me this has provided a tremendously stimulating forum, and I am deeply grateful to all those who have contributed to these conversations. I hope very much that the site will continue to serve this purpose, but I have a feeling that some fundamental restructuring needs to be done if that hope is to be realized.
I have transferred the commentary material to the new site since it was mostly my work. I will continue to develop that on a sporadic basis as part of a narrative theology. Most people will need to re-register if they wish to add comments, though I have transferred users who commented on the commentary posts in order to preserve the discussions. If you think you might be one of those, try your old username and password first. I also plan to duplicate some of my more recent posts on Open Source Theology, but the originals with any attached discussion will be left in place.