My dissertation, “’Scripture is Sacramental’: A Theological Metaphor for Experiencing God’s Personal Presence through Scripture,” is available through ProQuest at https://www.proquest.com/pqdtlocal1007363/docview/2773934535/92371020BDBA4470PQ/1. In short, I examine our contemporary concepts of human “presence” through linguistic analysis, consider how these apply to God, and then construct a theology of God’s presence as we experience it through Scripture in three ways: God is omnipresent–or, better, relationally omni-present–the Spirit speaks and acts within us (illumination), and Scripture becomes for us a locus of divine presence. Finally, I argue Scripture can rightly be called “sacramental” as a way to speak of these things.
In the near future, I will be uploading my work to Academia.edu. You will be able to find it at https://tiu.academia.edu/JeffCalhoun. The only paper there right now, “The Doctrine of Revelation in C. S. Lewis,” was not uploaded by me, though it is my work. It was a proposal for a Master’s level thesis that I completed as a class assignment, but never intended to work on after the class. I did, however, present a conference paper on the subject, which will uploaded soon.
I have more dreams than I have time, but the following are on the short list for my projects:
A revised version of my dissertation, shifting the focus to God’s presence more broadly.
A book introducing Manifold Theology, a theological methodology whose goal is to investigate and describe the unity and acceptable diversity of theological doctrines, including why certain positions are out of bounds, according to a traditional Protestant set of presuppositions about Scripture, tradition, philosophy, and culture.
A book on joy (Sehnsucht) in C. S. Lewis, tracing the history of its reception in diverse areas of interest and analyzing its true place within these conceptualities.
A fantasy fiction book in which characters are connected across worlds, with a magic system developed in connection with quantum mechanics.