Sunday, January 17, 2010

Patristics Carnival

Hi all;

For those of you who have been looking for the Patristic Carnival XXX, I thought I better let you know that I'm just not going to be able to manage it this month. I have materials for it, but I've been so slammed with marking, student crises, recruitment for my courses for next year and general life that I can't possibly see how to do it. I'm not even sure about the long-term viability of the Patristic Carnival.

For the short-term, I really have to just give this month a miss. If there is a volunteer who is willing to sort through the material for this edition, I'm happy to send them what I have. If not, I'm just going to let it go.

For the long-term, I'm concerned about the long-term viability of this Carnival. This isn't a unique concern. For those who have followed it, the much larger Biblical Studies Carnival has had to downsize a bit. For me, it might be the year I'm having, but I frequently feel overwelmed by the volume of patristic writing out there. On one level, that is a wonderful thing. On another, I just don't see how I can keep track of it all. Any ideas on long term solutions are more than welcome.

Let me know if you have any thoughts.



Weekend Fisher said...

I wonder if it's possible to work out some sort of rotation or schedule. For example, I can probably host once a year ... but probably not more often than that, & it would have to coincide with my slow season at work (i.e. winter).

What would you think of a scheduled hosting arrangement like that?

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF

Kenny said...

The Philosophers' Carnival and the Christian Carnival both have rotating schedules. It does, of course, still require someone to do the scheduling.

If there was a rotating schedule I would be willing to host now and then (though I'm a non-expert and only occasionally blog about patristics).