Update on April 28, 2012
After about 15 years of praying, planning, dreaming, and scheming I have finally been given a wide open door to pursue graduate work in philosophy / theology (having been admitted to and funded for the PhD program at the University of Dallas with Professor Philipp Rosemann).
I will begin this fall, even while remaining in my position as Asst. Rector at Christ Church in Tyler. My plan is to commute to UD twice per week.
My areas of interest at this point include the relationship between philosophy and theology; the theoretical conversation between Thomas Aquinas, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Luc Marion on metaphysics and ontology; faith and reason in Aquinas; the question “What comes after post-structuralism?”; sex and gender issues after post-structuralism; Wittengstein on language; Slavoj Zizek; the methodology (or lack thereof) of Radical Orthodoxy.
Update on July 3, 2010
As of tomorrow (Sunday, July 4, 2010) I will be the new Assistant Rector at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Tyler, Texas. Although I never could have imagined that we would live in Tyler, God has clearly been at work in this move. I am excited about the parish here and my work in it (including the launching of a new ministry / service, as well as working with the gifted and godly rector, David Luckenbauch). Just as important, my girls (Bouquet, Bella, and Ellie) are just as excited as I am.
As a little taste of our new life here, our house is 70 years old, with big trees in the yard, less than a mile from my office! Life, and God, are good. I am grateful to him, as well as to Christ Church.
Update on July 15, 2009.
Last Saturday, the vestry of St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of our house) confirmed my call to be the Assistant to the Rector at this parish, marking (in my mind at least) the end of a five year vocational transition during which I was cared for by God at every step through the wilderness.
Today is my first day “on the job,” and I am scheduled to be ordained to the diaconate in the fall and to the priesthood in the summer of 2010.
I am grateful to the many brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas who have shepherded me through this process into Holy Orders. I am deeply grateful to be a (potential) presbyter in this Anglican branch of the Catholic tradition (God willing).
I (Matt Boulter) am a former Presbyterian minister in Austin (having recently demitted my orders in the South Texas Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America), the husband of a beautiful woman Bouquet (who has the sensibilities of a medieval troubador, with a smattering of hobbit-like qualities, combined with an embodied concern for the poor and oppressed) and the father of Isabella Ruth (age four) and Eleanor Bay (age five months).
We live in urban Austin, and I have just ended a wonderful three year pastoral season with Christ the King Presbyterian Church (some of my sermons can be listened to by going here) in Southwest Austin in order to seek Anglican orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. To that end I am taking about a year’s worth of classes at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest dealing with Anglican worship and history.
I love to run, to read, to drink (scotch, bourbon, dark beers and hoppy bears), and sometimes to smoke. We love to work in our garden, and long for more time to do so.
I am currently working 20 hours per week at Starbucks, and this is proving to be a stimulating experience indeed.
My most influential Christian thinkers are: C.S. Lewis, GK Chesterton, Peter Leithart, Rowan Williams, Tim Keller, Walker Percy, N.T. Wright, and Eugene Peterson. (Honorable mention: John Milbank, Wendell Berry, Flannery O’Connor, Alexander Schmemann, William Cavanaugh, James Jordan.)
I studied philosophy (and finance) at the University of Texas, and theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
A current interest of mine is tracing the ways in which Augustine’s doctrine of God (especially divine simplicity and God’s ousia) differs from that of the East (with its emphasis on the energies of God and also their distinctive understanding of hypostasis), and how these divergent understandings led to subsequent developments in the East and in the West. (The claim of many Eastern Orthodox writers is that much of the philosopohical — and cultural and spiritual — impoverishment in the West is traceable to very early emphases in how God is defined, articulated and understood in Latin theology.)
I am also convinced of the centrality of liturgical worship and the sacraments in the Christian life, as well as in the church’s witness to a watching world.
This blog is dedicated primarily to a discussion of (things related to) political theology, particularly with respect to Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed tradition.