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May 20, 2014

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Mike

No George Pattison? He has published over 20 books, not to mention countless articles, translations, etc. I don't see how he fails to make your top-10. While I by no means disagree with many on this list, it is nevertheless tendentiously constructed...

Andy Goodliff

Of course that's why I preface it with 'I suggest'. No expectation that anyone must agree.

Mike

Okay. But, in that case, I think it would make sense to explain *why* you've constructed the list in the way that you've constructed it. To be fair, you do hint at something like a methodology ("number of books and where they teach."). But it's hardly a clear one. After all, Pattison has published more books than many of the persons on your list. So, then, is publishing output ranked behind, say, where they teach? But didn't Pattison hold the Lady Margaret Chair at Oxford? Shouldn't that carry some weight?
In any case, my response really isn't about Pattison. There are several other excellent British theologians absent from your list, e.g., Denys Turner, Oliver Davies, Lewis Ayres, Andrew Louth, John Saward, Aidan Nichols, Francesca Aran Murphy, etc. I just think that, if you're going to issue such a list, it can't be done carelessly. It's not as if you said, "These are my favorite British theologians." Then I would have nothing to add. However, you've written that these authors will "crop up" the most in "dissertations, essays, articles and books." Even with the disclaimer "I suggest," your statement comes off as authoritative, when, in fact, it's limited, subjective, and therefore misleading.

Andy Goodliff

Mike - Lewis Ayres should be in the list, I thought he was American for some reason. Of course there are lots of excellent other British theologians, I chose 12.

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