Welcome to Gateway 400!
This idea arose from a personal challenge. Could I write something interesting, provocative, informative, and concise – in just 400 words? That’s the idea of Gateway 400. A weekly series of thoughts and ideas on theology, Bible, or contemporary issues – one each week for the whole year. That’s 52 musings, each in 400 words (with a little grace).
These short articles are intended to be accessible to anyone, thought-provoking, a bit humorous, perhaps controversial – but easy to read and digest in under 3 minutes! For those who do a GTS course, you know there are plenty of detailed notes – but not everyone can do a course, and this is something different.
On a personal note, you have no idea how difficult this is for an academic. I love to explain, critique, speculate. The philosopher Blaise Pascal once wrote, ‘I’m sorry for such a long letter, I didn’t have time to write a short one’. Writing concisely is a gift – one I don’t normally possess. But in this day and age, attention spans are shorter, and social media has conditioned us for sound bites and immediate impact. These aren’t sound bites, real theology just doesn’t work like that! But I think it’s a good attempt.
Is it possible to be really concise, yet still penetrating, insightful, and provocative? You be the Judge!
Alongside Gateway 400, we’ll occasionally post longer articles or blogposts on relevant topics in our world today – from a theological perspective of course. Browse around and have fun!
Dan Button (GTS Director)
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