UPDATE 10/18/13: Aaron Sperry is our winner this time around. He said he'd join the St. James Padres because "I enjoy the study and practice of early Judaisms, specifically how the Apostles practiced following the advent of the Messiah." Thanks to everyone who participated. Now play ball—or, rather, Theology Baseball!
When I was 10 or 11 I'd peddle my bike down to the local baseball card shop with chore money in tote, to pick up a few packets of cards featuring the latest and greatest baseball players—like Jose Canseco, Derek Jeter, and, of course, Mark McGuire and Roger Clemens—in their pre-Congressional hearing days.
Once I got home I'd tear open the packets, ooh and ahh over the glossy cards, and promptly stuff them in plastic sleeves, hoping against hope that some day they'd pay my way to Disney World. (I'd add pay my retirement except, again, those darn Congressional hearings!)
While those cards are long gone, there's a new alternative that's more my style as a student and teacher of historical theology: Theologian Trading Cards.
Patterned after the all-American baseball card, Theologian Trading Cards provide essential information about the major teachers, leaders, and trouble-makers throughout the history of the Church. Like one of my Mark McGuire cards, these ones feature the vital stats of these key players—like when and where they lived, their contribution to the church, and enduring significance.
Each figure has also been placed on the roster of one of 15 teams:
- Orthodoxy Dodgers (Heretics)
- St. James Padres (Church Fathers, Apostolic Era)
- Avignon Crusaders (Medieval, excluding Mystics and Monks)
- Constantinople Hesychasts (Orthodox Church)
- Munich Monks (Hermits, Monks and Mystics)
- Geneva Sovereigns (Later Reformed Church and Early Reformers)
- Wittenberg Whistle-Blowers (Early Reformers and Later Lutheran Church)
- Munster Radicals (Radical Reformation and Anabaptists)
- Canterbury Monarchs (English Reformers, Anglicans and Puritans)
- Los Angeles Knights (Fundamentalists and Evangelicals)
- Berlin Aggiornamentos (Contemporary)
- Jerusalem Resourcers (Contemporary)
- St. Pius Cardinals (Roman Catholic, particularly post-Reformation)
- Serampore Preachers (Missionaries)
- Athens Metaphysicians (Philosophers)
What makes them even more fantastic, is that using these cards Dr. Benjamin D. Wayman, assistant professor of religion at Greenville College, has conceived of and written a fun, innovative game he likes to call Theology Baseball.
The game follows the basic structure of baseball using two teams, the St. James Padres and the Orthodoxy Dodgers. The Professor selects the players for each team at the beginning of the semester and serves as the ‘Umpire’ for the Theology Innings. Each team has a General Manager, a Coach, and several players who answer questions from the cards.
Download the complete game rules by Dr. Benjamin D. Wayman for a fun, innovative way to teach theology and help students exercise their knowledge of key theologians, events, and ideas in Church history. Afterwards enter our weekly giveaway contest to win your own set of Theological Trading Cards!
Theology Baseball game rules and concept by Benjamin D. Wayman, assistant professor of religion at Greenville College (Greenville, IL). He holds the Ph.D. in historical theology (early Christianity) from Saint Louis University and the M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Professor Wayman wants to thank his Fall 2013 COR 102 class, ‘Introduction to Christian Thought and Life,’ for fine-tuning the rules of Theology Baseball.
-Post by Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)
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If you were playing on one of the 15 TCC teams (see above) which team would it be, and why?
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